Vikings claim RB Ben Tate

Short on healthy running backs, the Vikings have claimed RB Ben Tate, who was released Tuesday by the Cleveland Browns, and released a former Brown to make room for him.

The Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers after he was released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

Tate, a fourth-year back out of Auburn, played in eight games for the Browns this year, starting six, rushing for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 106 carries.

Tate spent the first three years of his career with the Houston Texans, starting 11 games over that three-year span. In his rookie season, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry and rushed for 942 yards and four touchdowns. The following season, he didn’t start any games and averaged 4.3 yards on only 279 carries. Last year, his final one with the Texans, he maintained a 4.3-yard average while rushing for 771 yards on 181 attempts, starting a career-high seven games.

The Vikings are short on healthy running backs. Starter Jerick McKinnon didn’t practice with a lower back injury and backup Matt Asiata didn’t practice Wednesday because of a concussion.

The Vikings also signed rookie Dominique Williams to their practice squad on Tuesday.

To make room for Tate on the 53-man roster, the Vikings waived another former Brown, TE MarQueis Gray.

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