Vikings elevate Dakota Dozier, Parry Nickerson off practice squad to face Browns

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Oct. 2—For the second straight week, the Vikings on Saturday elevated guard Dakota Dozier and cornerback Parry Nickerson off the practice squad to the active roster.

Dozier and Nickerson are both expected to play at least on special teams in Sunday's game against Cleveland at U.S. Bank Stadium. In last Sunday's 30-17 win over Seattle in Minneapolis, Dozier played six snaps on special teams and Nickerson nine.

Dozier and Nickerson have both reached the limit of two elevations allowed per season from the practice squad. Unless either is elevated as a replacement for a player on the COVID-19 reserve list, either would have to be signed to the 53-man roster to play in another game.

As expected, the Vikings did not activate rookie running back Kene Nwangwu from injured reserve. After Nwangwu last Wednesday was designated for return from injured reserve, a source said he most likely wouldn't be activated to face the Browns but could be as soon as for next Sunday's game against Detroit. The Vikings have 21 days from when Nwangwu was designated for return to decide whether to activate him.

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