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With Jerick McKinnon (back) doubtful against Carolina on Sunday, the Vikings will likely turn to an unclear combination of Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Tate at running back.

Tate did not play against Green Bay on Sunday, but that wasn't surprising given that he had been claimed by the team just four days prior. Still, even with an extra week of practice and McKinnon out of the way, Tate isn't guaranteed to exceed or even match the workloads of Asiata or Banyard barring further notice.

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Tate was one of only two players, joining backup quarterback Christian Ponder, to be active Sunday against the Packers but not play a single snap, reports.

Tate was claimed off waivers from the Browns on Wednesday and was fully expected to be Jerick McKinnon's backup Sunday in place of Matt Asiata, who was out with a concussion. However, the backup role went to Joe Banyard, who got the first five careers of his NFL career instead. Tate was a very limited fantasy producer when he was with the Browns, and it doesn't appear that he's going to get many opportunities to turn that around in Minnesota.

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Tate is active for Sunday's game against the Packers, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

With Matt Asiata (concussion) out of commission, Tate is in line to handle a role in the Vikings' offense, which would likely take the form of Jerick McKinnon's primary backup. If the breakdown mimics previous weeks, Tate could be a touchdown vulture, but that's wholly unclear at this point.

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Tate could have a role in the offense this week against Green Bay with Matt Asiata ruled out with a concussion, but it's also not clear he'll be active, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Tate had just two days of practice after being claimed off waivers from Cleveland. Even if he is active, he may have a limited role as the backup to Jerick McKinnon. If Tate isn't active, the Joe Banyard could assume backup running back duties.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he isn't sure Tate will be active this week even though he practiced with the team for the first time Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He got some reps and was in the blitz pickup. He was in everything, so we'll see how fast he gets. It was a quick day for him," Zimmer said.

Tate's status for this weekend likely depends on whether Matt Asiata will play after suffering a concussion. Even if Tate does play, his limited practiced time make it sound like he will have a small goal-line role against the Packers.

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The Vikings have claimed Tate on waivers from the Browns, according to

Tate, who fell behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West in Cleveland's rushing mix, adds some depth to the Minnesota backfield, with Adrian Peterson suspended, Matt Asiata having missed practice Wednesday with a concussion, and Jerick McKinnon dealing with a lower back issue. While Tate may need some time to get up to speed with the Vikings' offense, it's plausible that he could carve out some fantasy utility down the stretch in a Minnesota uniform, which makes him worth a speculative pickup if he was cut loose in your league.

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Tate was waived by the Browns on Tuesday.

Tate has become increasingly frustrated with his diminished role in Cleveland, and the team ultimately decided to move on and move forward with the combination of rookies Isiah Crowell and Terrance West. Tate averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in eight games with the Browns this season, but he has averaged 4.4 yards per run for his career and has 48 NFL games under his belt, so he figures to hook on with a team in need of running back help.

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Browns' coach Mike Pettine revealed Monday that one of the reasons Tate has seen his carries reduced is that the two rookie backs, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, both have "explosiveness" and a "little bit more pop," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Tate has seen his workload considerably reduced since his Week 5 return from a knee injury, and has collected just 28 yards on the ground over his last three contests. No game this season was worse than his Week 11 performance, however, as the veteran back managed to lose nine yards on his only two carries, resulting in negative points for any fantasy owners still counting on him. The Cleveland backfield is an interesting situation to monitor moving forward, as it appears Crowell currently has the upper hand for carries, despite losing a costly fumble in the redzone during the second quarter of Sunday's game. Coach Mike Pettine has consistently stated that the role of feature back would be awarded to whoever has the best practice week, and based on the recent carry distribution, that clearly hasn't been Tate. Pettine also stated during his news conference that he wouldn't speak about any attitude problem or off-field issue regarding Tate, suggesting there may be another variable in play here. All hope isn't lost just yet, but the way things are trending, Tate will likely be a tough fantasy option to rely on moving forward.

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Tate had two carries for minus-9 yards while failing to catch his only target during Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Tate was reportedly listed as the starter for Sunday's game before a late switch put Isaiah Crowell at the top of the depth chart. Crowell finished with 14 carries for 61 yards, while Terrence West put up 12 yards on five carries. After rushing for 124 yards in Week 5 and then scoring two touchdowns in Week 6, Tate has failed to gain even 40 rushing yards in any of his last six games, including two with fewer than four rushing yards. There is just too much movement in the Browns' backfield to rely on Tate, especially with Crowell and West outplaying him of late, making him a rough start in Week 12, even against a Falcons defense that is tied with the Panthers for allowing the most rushing touchdowns this season.

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Updating a previous report, Tate will serve behind rookie Isaiah Crowell, who will receive the starting nod Sunday against the Texans, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports.

Tate was reportedly listed as the starter moments before this announcement, which now states that Crowell will take the lead role out of the gates. Regardless of who starts the game, expect a timeshare situation in the Cleveland backfield.