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Jan 7, 2024 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 31, 2023 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 24, 2023 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 16, 2023 1 1 1.0 1 0
Dec 10, 2023 2 3 1.5 4 0
Player Outlook
Through two seasons, Nwangwu has 22 carries, six catches and zero offensive touchdowns. He'll get the chance to move up the depth chart this preseason, but his contributions are likely to be felt on kick returns, where he's scored three times over 53 career tries. Unless you get credit for special-teams points, Nwangwu probably won't help you take down your Fantasy league.

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2023 13 2.60
2022 14 1.56 2 21 20.1
2021 61 4.69 4 9 30.3
3y Avg. 38 3.45 3 15
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Not involved in loss

    Nwangwu failed to record a single snap on offense in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Lions. Nwangwu was not on the field for any offensive snaps for the third straight game Sunday. Instead, he played 13 special teams in the contest. The veteran running back appeared in just nine games this season, dealing with a back injury that landed him on injured reserve early in the 2023 campaign. Nwangwu attempted five rushes for 13 yards as he was minimally involved in Minnesota's offense and contributed mostly as a member of the special teams unit. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the 25-year-old will look to take a step forward as a contributor before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2025.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Clears concussion protocol

    Nwangwu (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice and does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Nwangwu logged a full practice session Thursday after being limited Wednesday. His lack of an injury designation indicates that he was able to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. He'll provide backfield depth Sunday behind Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler while operating as the Vikings' main kick returner.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Limited to start week

    Nwangwu (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Nwangwu played eight snaps on special teams and returned a kickoff for 38 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Bears, but he may have sustained a concussion at some point along the way. With the benefit of a Week 13 bye, Nwangwu was able to return to the field for the Vikings' first Week 14 practice, but he'll still need to upgrade to full participation by Friday and gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday against the Raiders. If available this weekend, Nwangwu would likely handle kick-return duties while serving as the No. 3 back behind Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Minimal role in win

    Nwangwu rushed two times for nine yards in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Saints. Nwangwu's two rushing attempts were his first carries of the season, as Sunday's game was only his second appearance as a member of the active roster in the 2023 campaign. Though the veteran hasn't been a factor for the Vikings this season, he could see a slight increase in opportunities in Week 11 if starting running back Alexander Mattison misses time due to a concussion. With that said, Nwangwu would likely play behind Ty Chandler, who proved to be an effective option out of the backfield against the Saints. The 25-year-old Nwangwu will look to make the most of his opportunities if called upon to be the No. 2 back when the Vikings visit the Broncos in Week 11.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Avoids injury report Wednesday

    Nwangwu (illness) was not listed on the Vikings' injury report Wednesday. Nwangwu was ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Packers with an illness but seems to be on track to return in Week 9 against the Falcons. Nwangwu made his 2023 debut in Week 7 against the 49ers after missing the first six games with a back injury. He contributes to the Vikings more as a kick returner than out of the backfield, despite the struggles of Cam Akers and Alexander Mattison in the running game.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Ruled out for Week 8

    Nwangwu (illness) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's contest against the Packers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Nwangwu returned from injured reserve Oct. 18 and made his 2023 debut in Week 7 against the 49ers. His return has been short-lived, though, as he was unable to practice Friday due to an illness. With Nwangwu out for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Packers, Ty Chandler is the most likely candidate to take over kick return duties.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Questionable with illness

    Nwangwu (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay. Nwangwu missed practice Friday due to an illness, putting his status for Week 8 in limbo. If he can't suit up Sunday, Ty Chandler would likely fill in as Minnesota's primary kick returner.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Not ready for return

    Nwangwu (back) was not activated from injured reserve Saturday, per the NFL transaction report. Nwangwu has been out for the entirety of the season but had his practice window opened earlier this week. He participated in Thursday's session fully, but that won't be enough for him to be ready for game action against the Bears on Sunday. Nwangwu's next chance to play will come in Week 7 against against the 49ers.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Practices fully Thursday

    Nwangwu (back) practiced fully Thursday. Nwangwu remains on injured reserve and is waiting to make his season debut. With Alexander Mattison, Cam Akers and Ty Chandler on the depth chart, the Vikings can be patient with Nwangwu. He's unlikely to have an offensive role unless there are multiple backfield injuries.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: No limitations in practice

    Nwangwu (back) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Designated for return from injured reserve earlier in the day, Nwangwu ended up taking part in his first practice of the regular season without any limitations. He may be back for Sunday's game against Chicago but isn't likely to have much of a role on offense, if any, behind Alexander Mattison and Cam Akers. Instead, Nwangwu will likely make his biggest impact on special teams, after he was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2022 thanks to his prowess as a kickoff returner.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Remains sidelined

    Nwangwu (undisclosed) did not play in Saturday's preseason loss to Tennessee. There's been no update on Nwangwu's status, as he's been sidelined for most of training camp. Ty Chandler looks set to begin the season as the No. 2 running back at this point with Nwangwu hurt.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Still not practicing

    Nwangwu (undisclosed) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. There's been no update on Nwangwu's status, as he's been sidelined for most of training camp. With Ty Chandler performing well in the preseason opener and stringing together strong practices, Nwangwu might be losing any shot he had at the Vikings' No. 2 running back job.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Remains sidelined

    Nwangwu (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Nwangwu also sat out the team's preseason loss to the Seahawks on Thursday and dealt with an undisclosed injury earlier in camp, although it's not clear if the two are related. The Iowa State product is believed to still be in competition with Ty Chandler for the backup role to Alexander Mattison. However, if Nwangwu continues to miss time, he may fall short in that battle, at least to start the season.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Misses second straight practice

    Nwangwu (undisclosed) sat out a second consecutive practice Tuesday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. This news comes on the heels of Alexander Mattison leaving Tuesday's session early with a visible limp, per Lewis. Nwangwu's health issue isn't known, but with he and Mattison less than 100 percent at the moment, the Vikings' healthy backfield options consist of Ty Chandler and rookie seventh-round pick DeWayne McBride.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: In mix for backup role

    Nwangwu "appears to be [the No. 2 running back] behind Alexander Mattision," Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports, based on his early observations at training camp. While it's too early in camp to get a concrete read on the Vikings' running back pecking order, Minnesota at least appears set to hold an open competition for the top backup spot behind Mattison, now that Dalvin Cook is no longer in the mix. With that in mind, Nwangwu -- a 2021 fourth-round pick -- will jostle for slotting with 2022 fifth-round pick Ty Chandler and 2023 seventh-round pick DeWayne McBride. Further context will be revealed once the team's unofficial depth chart is posted, but based on Mizutani's report, Nwangwu is a player to monitor in the coming weeks.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Effective on special teams in 2022

    Nwangwu tallied nine rushes for 14 yards to go along with two receptions (on two targets) for 21 yards over 17 games during the 2022 regular season. He also returned 35 kickoffs for a career-high 920 yards and a touchdown. Nwangwu logged the third kickoff-return touchdown of his career while continuing to almost exclusively play in this phase. The second-year running back actually logged fewer offensive snaps (18) than he did during his rookie season (27), when he played just 11 games. Instead, top running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison once again carried Minnesota's rushing game. With the team currently $24.5 million over the projected 2023 salary cap, it's unclear how the Vikings will handle the futures of Cook and Mattison, the latter of whom is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The potential departure of either of these two backs could open up more opportunities for Nwangwu in 2023.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Dealing with illness

    Nwangwu is questionable for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Giants due to an illness, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Nwangwu didn't practice Friday due to an illness, and his status for the wild-card matchup is officially in question. If the reserve running back doesn't suit up, Jalen Reagor, K.J. Osborn and Ty Chandler would be candidates for kick-return duties.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Returns kick for TD in Week 12

    Nwangwu returned five kickoffs for 166 yards -- including one for a 97-yard touchdown -- in the Vikings' 33-26 win over the Patriots in Week 12. Nwangwu was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on the strength of his big return, becoming the third Vikings player to take home the honor this season. The second-year running back out of Iowa State has played just seven snaps on offense all season but leads the NFL with 620 kickoff return yards.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Limited to kick-return duty

    Nwangwu returned one kickoff for 25 yards in Sunday's win over Green Bay. Nwangwu played all six of his snaps on special teams. He'll work as the primary kickoff returner and may not get many carries as a running back unless Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison are hurt or the game is a blowout.
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  • Vikings' Kene Nwangwu: Back to practice

    Nwangwu (leg) returned to practice Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The second-year running back missed just four days of practice with a soft-tissue injury in his leg. Nwangwu faces an uphill battle for meaningful playing time with Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler all firmly ahead of him on the depth chart, but his value as a return specialist should guarantee the 24-year-old a spot on the 53-man roster.
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