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Jun 9, 2021; Minnesota Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu (26) catches a pass in drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie running back Kene Nwangwu has been activated from injured reserve and designated for return, the Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday.

The Vikings also announced the release of veteran running back Ameer Abdullah.

Nwangwu was a fourth-round pick (119th overall) by Minnesota in the 2021 NFL draft. He was used sparingly at running back at Iowa State but excelled as a kickoff returner. Nwangwu suffered a hyperextended knee on the opening kickoff of the preseason.

Abdullah has spent the better part of the past four years with the Vikings -- he entered the league as a second-round draft pick by Detroit in 2015. Over seven seasons, Abdullah has carried the football 265 times for 1,438 rushing yards and scored 12 total touchdowns.

Abdullah had been used almost exclusively as a returner the past three games. He played 22 snaps on offense, a season high, and rushed five times for 24 yards in the Week 3 win over Seattle.

Minnesota (3-3) has its bye this week and plays its next game Oct. 31 vs. the Dallas Cowboys.