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Receiver makes one catch in first game with Minnesota

October 11, 2017

CHICAGO — Michael Floyd’s first catch with the Minnesota Vikings was worthy of the highlight reel.

The wide receiver was activated before Monday’s 20-17 win over Chicago at Soldier Field after serving a four-game NFL suspension. In his debut with his hometown team, Floyd in the third quarter leaped high for a 19-yard pass on the sideline and got both feet inbounds.

The Vikings on Monday also released running back Stevan Ridley, who signed with them last Thursday and participated in three practices.

Floyd was suspended by the NFL after being convicted earlier this year following an arrest last December for extreme DUI. He played in each of Minnesota’s four preseason games before serving his suspension.

Floyd, a St. Paul native and graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, is a six-year veteran who signed last May with the Vikings.

Floyd got in for 12 snaps in the first half but wasn’t targeted. The play in the third quarter was the only time he was targeted in the game. Two plays after the catch, Jerick McKinnon scored on a 58-yard touchdown run, enabling Minnesota to extend a 10-9 lead to 17-9.

“That was a huge play in the game,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said of Floyd’s catch. “We knew that he’s a guy that can make those plays and that’s why we love him being out there because any time he gets a one-on-one matchup he’s a big, physical guy who can make a lot of plays.”

Letting Ridley go left the Vikings with just two running backs on the roster in starter Latavius Murray and McKinnon. But fullback C.J. Ham also can play running back, and he was used in that role Monday.

The big star among runners was McKinnon. He carried 16 times for 95 yards.