The Vikings placed Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve Tuesday because of a foot injury, ending the veteran tight end's 10th NFL season.
The 31-year-old had 28 catches for 334 yards in 12 games in 2020. For his career, the two-time Pro Bowler has 453 receptions for 4,485 and 48 touchdowns.
Rudolph got a four-year, $36 million contract extension before the 2019 season, with $9.25 million guaranteed. The Vikings would save $5.1 million by releasing Rudolph before 2021.
Hinton is a rookie from Washburn (Kansas) who was a seventh round pick.
The Vikings are at Detroit on Sunday.