Bruton played through a broken right fibula in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, so it’s not surprising to see them shut him down for the year.
“I couldn’t step. I couldn’t plant off of it,” Bruton said Monday. “Everything was planted off the bad knee, and trying to stop and change direction was tough. It was tough going out there and covering an offense such as the Steelers’ on one leg, but, again, things happen for a reason.”
Bruton, 28, is in the final year of his three-year, $4.5 million contract that included a $1.2 million signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $1.25 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.
In 2015, Bruton appeared in 13 games and recorded 47 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a recovery and seven pass defenses.
Prater, 25, was a fifth-round pick by the Bengals in 2012, but landed on the injured-reserve with a knee injury and was waived the following offseason. He later caught on with the Eagles before joining the Vikings for the past two seasons.
After a brief stint with the Colts, Prater returned to the Vikings last week.
This season, Prater has been active for two games, but has yet to record a single statistic.