Vikings place Josh Doctson on injured reserve; sign rookie cornerback to roster

Wide receiver Josh Doctson showed up on the Vikings injury report on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury that limited him in practice.

On Thursday morning, it turned out that Doctson would be far more than limited. He was placed on injured reserve because of a leg injury but is a candidate to return later in the season. The Vikings promoted rookie cornerback Nate Meadors (UCLA) from their practice squad to take Doctson’s place and signed rookie wide receiver Alexander Hollins from Eastern Illinois to the practice squad.

The Vikings signed Doctson after Washington let him go in its final cuts. Doctson, 26, was selected by Washington with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2016 draft. Laquon Treadwell, who was released by the Vikings in their final cuts this year, was taken one pick later.

Meadors spent first week of the season on the Vikings’ practice squad after being waived during final cuts. He signed with the Vikings in May as an undrafted free agent. Meadors played in 42 games with 30 starts over four seasons with UCLA and had 149 career tackles and 22 career pass breakups. Hollins was waived by the Vikings during final cuts.