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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Georgia Southern
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Jerick McKinnon has "fully recovered" from his December back surgery.
He's resumed football activities, training this offseason with teammates like Kyle Rudolph and Charles Johnson. Rudolph specifically praised McKinnon's work ethic. McKinnon will become a prime breakout candidate if the Vikings move on from Adrian Peterson. We'll monitor the 23-year-old closely all year. Mar 20 - 1:14 AM

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The lower back injury that ended Jerick McKinnon's rookie year in early December required surgery.

He is "a couple weeks" from completing his rehab. McKinnon says he'll be ready to participate fully when the Vikings' offseason workout program begins on April 20. After a promising rookie season, McKinnon's 2015 role is unclear. He could operate as a change-of-pace back if Adrian Peterson returns. If the Vikings decide they can't keep Peterson at his $15.4 million cap number, McKinnon would become the front-runner for Minnesota's starting job.
Feb 15 - 10:18 PM

Vikings placed RB Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

McKinnon had been sidelined the last two weeks and was already ruled out for Sunday's game. He was never given a timetable to return from his back injury, but it's serious enough that he'll need to undergo surgery and miss the next two months. McKinnon made six starts after taking over as the Vikings' feature back in Week 4. He'll finish his rookie season with 538 yards on 113 carries (4.8 YPC), adding 27 catches for 135 yards. With Adrian Peterson's status with the Vikings up in the air, McKinnon remains a strong hold in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:14:00 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling thinks the team believes Jerick McKinnon can be their primary running back in the future.

McKinnon has six games with double-digit carries this season and is averaging 16 touches a game since establishing himself as the lead back Week 4. With Adrian Peterson likely finished in Minnesota, there is little reason McKinnon will not have a similar role in the Vikings' offense for the foreseeable future. He is an excellent hold in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) has been ruled out for Week 14.

He missed practice every day this week. McKinnon's timetable is unclear.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) remained sidelined Thursday.

McKinnon is trending in the wrong direction for Week 14. He needs to get in at least a "limited" session on Friday to have any shot of suiting up against the Jets. We expect Matt Asiata to again lead the Vikings' Week 14 rushing attack.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday.

It's not a good start to the week for McKinnon, who was held out against the Panthers after being listed as doubtful. He'll need to return to practice by Friday to have a chance of playing. The Vikings will go with a committee of Matt Asiata and Ben Tate if McKinnon doesn't return.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:47:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) is inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.

The Vikings will go with a rotation at running back led by Joe Banyard and Matt Asiata. Ben Tate may mix in as the No. 3 if he knows enough of the offense. It's anyone's guess as to who will lead this backfield in touches. Also inactive for the Vikings are CB Shaun Prater, OT J'Marcus Webb, LB Michael Mauti, LB Brandon Watts, OL David Yankey, and RB/FB Zach Line.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Jerick McKinnon (back) said Friday he will not play in Week 13.

He's officially listed as doubtful, but will be inactive. It's a major missed opportunity for McKinnon against a porous Panthers run defense. The Vikings will turn to some combination of Joe Banyard, Matt Asiata, and perhaps Ben Tate against the Panthers. Tate didn't play a snap last week, while Banyard played 30 and was effective on limited touches. Asiata is due back from his concussion and is the odds-on favorite to lead this backfield in playing time.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 02:00:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

McKinnon hasn't practiced at all this week. As a rookie who doesn't practice during the week, we'd say he's probably on the wrong side of questionable-to-doubtful for Week 13 against the Panthers. If McKinnon can't go, the Vikings will throw something together with Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard, and Ben Tate.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 12:35:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) remained sidelined on Thursday.

McKinnon obviously needs to return on Friday, but he's still expected to suit up for Week 13. He'll be a borderline RB2 against the Panthers.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday.

It's a maintenance day for McKinnon, who has been dealing with a back injury. McKinnon will be a boom-or-bust RB2 in Week 13 against the Panthers.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon had 15 carries for 53 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Packers.

He added three catches for nine yards. McKinnon was a near every-down player with Matt Asiata sidelined, with Joe Banyard spelling him on third downs. He had a long run of just 10 yards, and didn't get any red-zone chances. Ben Tate didn't see the field and isn't a threat to McKinnon's role. McKinnon will be a boom-or-bust RB2 in Week 13 against the Panthers.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) is listed as probable for Week 12.

McKinnon was held out on Wednesday, but got in two straight limited practices. We like him as a boom-or-bust RB2 against the Packers. With Matt Asiata sidelined, Ben Tate will serve as the No. 2 back.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 06:42:00 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner insists Jerick McKinnon is still the team's top back despite the addition of Ben Tate.

"We’re excited about Jerick and what he’s done and I see him as our running back," Norval said. According to Turner, Tate is just an "insurance" policy with McKinnon battling a minor back injury and Matt Asiata (concussion) unlikely for Week 12. If Tate is going to threaten McKinnon's No. 1 status, it's not going to be in Week 12 with just four days to learn the playbook. McKinnon will be a boom-or-bust RB2 against the Packers. He returned to practice on Thursday.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 01:29:00 PM