To compensate for the loss of Bishop Sankey, the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday reportedly signed running back Bronson Hill, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.
Hill, a product of Eastern Michigan University, spent time on four separate practice squads after going undrafted in 2015. Last season, he recorded his first two carries of his professional career while with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The club released him on May 1.
Sankey was battling for a backup role with free-agent addition Latavius Murray and second-round pick Dalvin Cook expected to earn a majority of the load this season. However, Sankey suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s preseason game against the Bills and is out for the season.
He was originally signed to the Vikings practice squad in late November of last season, and signed a reserve/futures contract with the club on Jan. 2.
Sankey, a second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans out of Washington, enjoyed his best campaign when he was a rookie in 2014. He racked up 569 yards on 152 rushes and added 133 receiving yards on 18 catches. After his playing time was cut down in his sophomore season as a pro, he was cut by Tennessee just prior to the 2016 season.
Terrell Newby, an undrafted running back out of Nebraska, earned 12 carries during the preseason opener with Murray and Jerick McKinnon both tending to injuries.
After edging the Bills on Thursday, 17-10, Minnesota’s next preseason game will be played on Aug. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Vikings open up the regular season on Monday, Sept. 11, when they host the New Orleans Saints.