Vikings Examine Replacement Options

The Vikings worked out one cornerback and three linebackers as replacement options on the practice squad. Here is the skinny on the candidates.

With linebacker Raonall Smith out of action with multiple concussions and cornerback Ralph Brown sidelined with a fracture near his eye, the Vikings worked out a number of players already this week.

Cornerback Rhett Nelson was called up to the 53-man roster, leaving an opening on the Vikings' practice squad. Here are the options the Vikings are looking at:

  • Defensive back Mike Echols of Wisconsin. He has spent time with Indianapolis and Tennessee over the last three years. He had a rod inserted into his leg in 2002, ending his rookie season and most recently was on the Indianapolis practice squad earlier this season.

  • Linebacker Jonathan Harrell of Northern Iowa. He is a 6-2, 220-pound rookie that hasn't caught on with an NFL club yet.

  • Linebacker Adrian Ross of Colorado State. Like Echols, Ross has bounced around for three years, with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He most recently was with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was cut during training camp. He is 6-2, 255.

  • Linebacker Quincy Stewart of Louisiana Tech. Another three-year NFL journeyman, Stewart has been with San Francisco, Denver and the New York Jets. The 6-1, 234-pounder was active with San Francisco in 2002 but released by Denver during training camp last year. He was with the Jets earlier this year.

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