McDaniel to Join Ring of Honor

The Vikings announced Tuesday that former offensive line great Randall McDaniel will be added to the team's Ring of Honor.

The Minnesota Vikings announced 12-time Pro Bowl guard Randall McDaniel will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor later this year.

The ceremony, which will take place as part of the Dec. 17 game festivities vs. the New York Jets, will make McDaniel the 15th member of the Ring of Honor, joining quarterback Fran Tarkenton, defensive tackle Alan Page, general manager Jim Finks, head coach Bud Grant, safety Paul Krause, trainer Fred Zamberletti, defensive end Jim Marshall, offensive tackle Ron Yary, offensive tackle Korey Stringer, center Mick Tingelhoff, defensive end Carl Eller, wide receiver Cris Carter, running back Bill Brown and coach Jerry Burns.

McDaniel was originally selected by the Vikings in the first round (19th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft and holds the record for the most Pro Bowl appearances and starts by a Viking with 11. He earned another Pro Bowl honor as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after playing for the Vikings from 1988-1999.

During that span, McDaniel started 170 consecutive regular-season games for the Vikings. He finished his 14-year career with 220 starts in 222 regular-season games played.

The Vikings have inducted one player or coach into the Ring of Honor each year since 2002 after inducting three players (Yary, Stringer and Tingelhoff) in 2001.

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* Jayme Mitchell, who was released to initially make room for Edwards, was signed to the practice squad Tuesday.
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* New England added J.T. O'Sullivan to its practice squad Tuesday.
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* The Saints placed former Vikings punter Mitch Berger on injured reserve with a groin injury.
* Recently cut Vikings DE DeQuincy Scott agreed to a contract with Tennessee Tuesday, but failed the team's physical.
* The Vikings still have tickets remaining for all eight home games, including more than 3,000 for the games in December.

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