The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday, the team has placed tight end Irv Smith Jr. on the injured reserve. Smith injured his meniscus in the last pre-season game of the season and needs to undergo surgery to repair the damage. Due to Smith going down for the season the team is trying to address the tight end position through both trade and now free agency. The Vikings announced Wednesday the team has claimed tight end Ben Ellefson off waivers. Ellefson joined Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and is a former North Dakota State Bison.