The Vikings signed long snapper Jeff Overbaugh on Tuesday, giving themselves a replacement for Kevin McDermott, who will miss at least this Sunday’s game after dislocating his left shoulder on Saturday night.
McDermott, who was injured at the end of the first half of the Vikings’16-0 win over the Packers, said on Sunday he hopes to be back for a playoff game, and his chances of returning would increase if the Vikings secure a first-round bye, either with a win over the Bears, a Panthers loss, a Saints win or a Rams win.
In the meantime, though, they need another option, and they turned to Overbaugh after holding tryouts Tuesday. The San Diego State product, who was named the best specialist at the 2016 Senior Bowl, was with the Rams in training camp last year. He spent time with the Bears and Broncos this year.
To make room for Overbaugh, the Vikings placed left guard Nick Easton on injured reserve. Easton, who fractured his right ankle Saturday night in Green Bay, will require surgery, coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday. With Easton out, Jeremiah Sirles figures to start for the Vikings at left guard.