Vikings claim 2, name 9 to practice squad

The Vikings made 13 roster moves this afternoon, claiming two players off of waivers, releasing two players and signing nine players released Saturday to the practice squad.

The Vikings made a total of 13 roster moves Sunday, naming nine players to the practice squad, claiming two players off waivers that were signed to the 53-man roster and releasing two players.

The two roster claims were San Diego offensive tackle Mike Harris and Cleveland tight end MarQueis Gray. Gray played quarterback for the University of Minnesota.

To make room for both players on the 53-man roster, the Vikings released linebacker Larry Dean and offensive tackle Austin Wentworth.

The Vikings named nine players to the practice squad this afternoon – RB Joe Banyard, WR Kain Colter, DT Isame Faciane, TE Chase Ford, WR Donte Foster, CB Kendall James, C Zac Kerin, OT Mike Remmers and DE Justin Trattou.

The Vikings still have one available practice squad spot open and that is expected to be filled sometime this week, maybe with one of the players they released Sunday after they clear waivers.

Harris was an undrafted free agent of the Chargers in 2012 who made the roster coming out of camp and, due to a rash of injuries along the offensive line, moved from right tackle to left tackle and started nine of the 15 games he played in 2012. In 2013, he started three of the five games he played – one at right tackle and two at left tackle – before breaking his ankle and missing the remainder of the season. Harris gives the Vikings a backup offensive tackle with starting experience and the versatility to play both right and left tackle.

Gray played quarterback at the U of M, but, when he was acquired by the Browns last year, he played multiple positions, including tight end, fullback and H-back. He caught just two passes in the 12 games he played as a rookie in 2013, but was used in several different ways as a blocker and special teams player.

The Vikings may not be done making moves. Once players have cleared waivers, they are open to be signed to practice squads if they have eligibility to do so. Prior to this afternoon, players placed on waivers had to be claimed and added to the 53-man roster. After today, those restrictions go away, so we may see some more minor movement.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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