Dec. 13—The Vikings on Monday claimed running back Wayne Gallman off waivers from Atlanta, and he could be quickly pressed into service.
Gallman might be needed in next Monday's game at Chicago because the Vikings placed running back Alexander Mattion on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. The team also put wide receiver Dan Chisena on the COVID list, linebacker Ryan Connelly on injured reserve and guard Kyle Hinton on the practice squad COVID list.
Gallman played for the New York Giants from 2017-20 and rushed for 682 yards last season. He was waived by the Falcons after running 28 times for 104 yards.
Gallman could be the third running back behind Dalvin Cook and Kene Nwangwu on Monday. In the Vikings' 36-28 victory over Pittsburgh last Thursday, Cook rushed for 205 yards on 27 carries and Mattison for 27 yards on six attempts.
Mattison has rushed for 432 yards this season, 30 shy of his career-high of 462 as a rookie in 2019. He has started three times when Cook was out with injuries, rushing for 315 yards in those games.
Chisena has been regarded as one of Minnesota's top special teams players. Connelly also has been a fixture on special teams.