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Vikings claim quarterback Sage Rosenfels off waivers

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  • December 2, 2011 - 4:02 PM

A day after waiving Donovan McNabb, the Vikings have found themselves a familiar replacement to fill out their depth chart at quarterback. This afternoon, the team's waiver claim for Sage Rosenfels was processed. Just like that, they again have themselves a fill-in to handle scout team snaps for the rest of the season.

Rosenfels was waived by the Dolphins on Thursday. He had been signed by Miami in early October but was placed on their reserve/non-football injury list as he continued recovering from a blood infection he had contracted while dealing with strep throat during training camp with the Giants late in the summer.

Now, he will return to Minnesota, where he was a third-stringer behind Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson during the 2009 season. The Vikings traded for Rosenfels early in '09. They sent a fourth-round pick to Houston, intending to hold a competition for the starting quarterback between Rosenfels and  Jackson. Then, the Vikings landed Favre and Rosenfels quickly found himself as the No. 3 signal caller.

That's how he will return to the Twin Cities for the final 29 days of this season, sharing practice snaps with starter Christian Ponder and back-up Joe Webb.

Rosenfels, whose 33 and in his 11th NFL season, was making $1.5 million this season from Miami. So the Vikings will pick up the final four weeks of that salary. The team is also still on the hook to pay McNabb, who went unclaimed on waivers Friday. McNabb was making $5.05 million this season.

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