After being elected from Michigan state in the seventh round by the Vikings in 2020, Kenny Willekes is finally ready to make his NFL debut.

Willekes, who spent last season with a knee injury in the injured reserve and was on the training roster during that season, was selected on Saturday for Sunday night’s game against Dallas in the U.S. Bank Stadium added to the active squad.

After the Vikings swapped the reserve defensive end from Stephen Weatherly to Denver on October 23, co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson said Willekes and Patrick Jones II would fight for the right in training Cowboys to be active. But when Jones was listed as doubtful for the game with a knee injury on Friday, it became clear that Willekes would be raised.

Stocker is needed again by the Vikings after Ben Ellefson was put on Thursday Thursday after a foot injury sustained in Wednesday’s training session. Stocker, who joined the Vikings training team on October 13, was raised for his last game, October 17 in Carolina, when Ellefson was out with a knee injury.

Stocker, who played 10 offensive snaps against the Panthers, will be Minnesota’s third tight end against the Cowboys behind starters Tyler Conklin and Chris Herndon.

With Stocker allowing his second and final raise and Ellefson missing at least two more games after Sunday while in the injured reserve, Stocker would have to join the 53-man squad to play in another game unless he is a replacement for a player on the COVID-19 reserve list. The Vikings now have no players on this list.

Prescott suffered a strained right calf in the last Cowboys game on October 17th in New England. He was restricted in training all week and was classified as questionable on Friday. He traveled to Minnesota with the team on Saturday.

If Prescott can’t play, Cooper Rush, who is in his fourth season, will make his first NFL start.
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