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Minnesota Vikings sign 3 to practice squad, release 3

The Minnesota Vikings shook up their practice squad on Tuesday, signing three – including an offensive lineman – and releasing three.

The Minnesota Vikings shook up their practice squad on Tuesday, signing three players and releasing three others.

With issues and injuries on the offensive line, the Vikings brought back tackle Austin Shepherd, who spent the offseason with the team after playing in 14 games last year, mostly on special teams. He started their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks as an extra offensive lineman and was used mostly during the season as an extra lineman in jumbo packages.

Also signed to the practice squad were former University of Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson and former University of Georgia defensive tackle Sterling Bailey.

To make room on the practice squad for those new players, the Vikings released QB Joel Stave and tight ends Brian Leonhardt and Kyle Carter. Carter and Stave are rookies and Leonhardt is a third-year player from Bemidji State.



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