Second-year cornerback Holton Hill has been reinstated for the Vikings, the NFL announced today. Hill just finished serving two separate four-game suspensions for violating league policies, one for performance-enhancing substances and one for substances of abuse.
He will be available for next Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
An undrafted corner out of Texas last season, Hill turned into a valuable member of the Vikings secondary as a rookie. He played all 16 games, recording 36 tackles, 7 pass breakups and an interception.
The Vikings were granted a roster exemption for Hill this week, meaning they don't need to immediately take someone off of the 53-man roster. The exemption reportedly expires on Nov. 4, which is the Monday following the upcoming game in Kansas City.
Hill joins a cornerback group that includes Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mike Hughes, Mackensie Alexander, and fellow Longhorn Kris Boyd. Mark Fields and Nate Meadors on the practice squad.
Even though the Vikings are deep at corner, Hill will have a good chance to see playing time pretty quickly. Rhodes has been struggling with injuries and poor performance, never more so than in Thursday night's game against the Redskins. Waynes has also had occasional struggles. Hill is more of an outside corner, like those two, whereas Hughes and Alexander are the Vikings' primary slot corners.
The Vikings are 6-2 and have won four in a row as they head to Kansas City next weekend. Patrick Mahomes' status for that game is unclear, but it seems like he may have a chance to play.