|Vikings sign replacement long snapper|
by Tim Yotter of VikingUpdate.com, November 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm ET
Matt Katula Profile
The Vikings have signed former Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots long snapper Matt Katula, according to a tweet from his agent.
Katula will replace Cullen Loeffler, who fractured his sanctum (a bone the lower back), when he took on a violent blindside block from Atlanta's Kerry Meier during Sunday's loss. Defensive end Jared Allen, who was a long snapper in college, filled for Loeffler and performed admirably, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said they don't want to expose their All-Pro defensive end to the continuous risks on special teams.
Katula, a former Wisconsin Badger, played with the Ravens from 2005 to 2009 and played eight games last year with the Patriots.