KEYS TO THE GAME
Vikings: The Vikings made two very interesting roster moves Thursday, signing linebacker Napoleon Harris and releasing fullback Thomas Tapeh. Harris had been let go by the Chiefs on Tuesday, and Minnesota brought him in a day later for a physical. The two sides agreed on a one-year contract. Harris spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Vikings – he was acquired from Oakland in the Randy Moss trade – and was the team's starting middle linebacker in his final season with the team. He had 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, nine quarterback pressures and three interceptions in 14 games that year. Harris departed as a free agent after the Vikings gave E.J. Henderson a five-year contract and moved him to middle linebacker. With Henderson lost for the season because of dislocated toes and his backup, Herron, battling a hip injury, Harris could be the Vikings' solution in the middle for the rest of the season. It remains uncertain if he will be ready to play Sunday in Chicago. Harris did not play in a game for the Chiefs this season and had fallen out of favor. Tapeh, who played college football at the University of Minnesota, signed a five-year, $6 million deal that included $1.25 million with the Vikings during free agency. But he did not tell the team he had undergone a procedure on his knee shortly before signing the contract. Tapeh had not been active since Week 2, and it became clear the sides were headed for a divorce this week when head coach Brad Childress volunteered the information about Tapeh having hidden his knee issue. It's unclear if the Vikings will attempt to recoup some of the bonus money they gave Tapeh, but that would not be surprising.
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