Defensive Linemen Worked Out

The Vikings were using their "off day" to work out several younger players, and among those were three defensive linemen. The release of a practice squad player Tuesday would seem to indicate a signing is pending.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress insists that the team never stops working to shape the bottom portion of their roster. If Tuesday's activity was any indication, he's right.

The Vikings held tryouts for quarterback Stefan LeFors, wide receivers Darius Watts and Efrem Hill and three defensive linemen – Lorenzo Alexander (California), Tony Brown (Memphis) and Chad Lavalais (Louisiana State).

Alexander is a 6-1, 300-pound defensive tackle who spent time with the Panthers last year and Baltimore this off-season.

Brown is a 6-1, 280-pound defensive tackle who has spent time with Miami and San Francisco, along with two stints with Carolina since 2003. He was the 2006 NFL Europe Co-Defensive MVP with the Amsterdam Admirals after garnering 40 tackles, four sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and two blocked field goals. He was released by Carolina on Friday.

Lavalais is the most experienced of the three defensive linemen worked out Tuesday. The 6-1, 293-pound nose tackle has played in 30 games over the last two years with the Atlanta Falcons, registering 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two passes defensed. The Falcons waived their 2004 fifth-round draft pick in the final roster cutdown on Sept. 2.

In addition to the defensive linemen worked out Tuesday, just this month the Vikings have worked out at least nine wide receivers, two offensive linemen and a linebacker.

One of those offensive linemen – guard C.J. Brooks, who was signed to the practice squad last week – was released Tuesday, signaling the way for a signing to be announced.

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