Vikings DT TY McGill suffers season-ending injury


Vikings defensive tackle TY McGill was placed on the injured reserve ahead of the 53-man roster deadline.

After leading the NFL with 3.5 sacks in two preseason games, fellow Minnesota Vikings veteran TY McGill saw his attempt to make a 53-man roster come to an abrupt end.

McGill left last Saturday’s preseason final against the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury after just three shots in the game. After a first ESPN report that said he would be cut, McGill instead landed on the team’s injured reserve list on Aug. 29, according to a team statement.

A player named to the injured reserve list before the final 53-player roster reduction cannot return at any time during the 2022 season, according to, ultimately shutting down McGill’s prospects with the Vikings. Minnesota will decide whether to cut him and reach an injury settlement or rehabilitate the veteran defensive tackle with the prospect of re-signing him next offseason.

The Vikings also placed receiver Bisi Johnson on the injured reserve list, cut cornerback Tye Smith and waived tackle Timon Parris and receiver Myron Mitchell.

McGill was the first player general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah to sign in the offseason and likely falls in favor of the new regime.

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McGill embodies the journeyman mentality

During his seven-year career, McGill was suspended or released 14 times.

He played for nine different teams, making multiple saves for three of those teams.

He has worn seven different jersey numbers.

He was placed on practice squads and played 46 regular season games without a start.

And he has yet to make a 53-man roster, with his 2022 bid meeting an unhappy ending.

McGill was building a body of work this preseason that made him a contender for the Mr. Mankato award. McGill posted the fourth-highest Pro Football Focus defensive rating (88.8) among interior defensive linemen in the preseason based on his two full games of work. He posted seven pressures alone against the San Francisco 49ers.

“He was a guy that flashed me,” O’Connell said of McGill after the 49ers game, according to “He destroyed several games tonight. It’s also the plays that don’t register on the stat sheet, when you see him blast across the line and force the fullback to rebound. It’s really cool to see a guy like that understand the result he can have and finally capitalize on it with performances like tonight.

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McGill still finished second in sacks during the preseason, behind Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Tashawn Bower.

“I feel like my resume says it all. Just a guy who keeps on delivering. That’s exactly what I do,” McGill said, according to whatever opportunity is given to me, I take it and drop the chips where they can.”

NFL media struck by initial report on McGill release

The report that McGill had been released caught many in the NFL community off guard.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially tweeted McGill would be released on Monday morning before the official transaction is completed at 3:00 p.m. CT.

Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson confirmed the initial report but also noted that McGill was getting a second opinion on his ankle injury.

“That will play a part in whether or not we get an injury settlement,” added Tomasson.

Mike Kaye, head of the Pro Football Network, reported Mike Kaye said McGill was “legitimately impressive this preseason,” while USA Today’s NFL editor Doug Farrar tweeted that it should be picked up quickly.

“Ooh…someone should come get him quick.” He was a real problem for the guards this preseason,” Farrar said of McGill, which will instead remain under the control of the Minnesota team.

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