Vikings Sign Henson

With Tarvaris Jackson expected to be sidelined until at least after the Vikings bye week, the team made a move today, signing QB Drew Henson to the practice squad.

The Vikings added quarterback Drew Henson to their practice squad Wednesday, as the team completed a search for a healthy third quarterback.

Rookie Tarvaris Jackson had successful meniscus surgery Monday and coach Brad Childress said at that time that the Vikings would be looking to add a quarterback, if for nothing else, to handle some of the practice reps behind Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger.

Henson, who played for the University of Michigan and then missed three years attempting a professional baseball career, spent the last two season with Dallas. After the Cowboys attempted to trade him this summer, he was released -- the Cowboys opted like several other teams to go with two quarterbacks.

"I like, first of all, that he is a professional athlete. Having played baseball, that gives you a little bit of other well-roundedness," head coach Brad Childress said. "I know his family. I know he is a great person. He's got obviously physical tools to be able to take some snaps from Tom Brady at the University of Michigan. It didn't work out for him for whatever reason in Dallas.

"He's got a strong arm, he's big in stature. He's got a great mind, he's a very smart, very intelligent guy. You like all those things. He played with Steve Hutchinson a little bit at Michigan."

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