Vikings WR Dan Chisena, RB Kene Nwangwu designated to return to practice

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Minnesota is set to get two special teams players back from practice this week.

Vikings WR Dan Chisena and RB Kene Nwangwu are both expected to be back, the team announced on Wednesday.

Nwangwu was tabbed as a promising prospect, and that was on full display amid training camp when he showcased his speed. Chisena, also very speedy, has been a gunner on the Vikings’ punt unit.

Minnesota could use both of these players when it takes on Seattle. Nwangwu’s role won’t be as important now that running back Ameer Abdullah is signed to the active roster. Abdullah and Nwangwu offer something similar stylistically, with them both being running backs who can make an impact as receiving options.

Nwangwu’s role remains to be seen, but WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette has been good as a kick returner, so he has ample competition.

Minnesota moved to 1-2 with the victory over the Seahawks. Minnesota has a tough matchup with Cleveland in Week 4 this week. It might help to have these players back, though it remains to be seen whether they will actually be ready by Sunday.