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49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Kevin Williams, Leslie Frazier Updated: October 9, 2013 - 4:41 PM

The Vikings were afraid someone would claim No. 3 QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson before they had a chance to sign him to their practice squad. And for good reason. The 49ers claimed him not long ago.

Bethel-Thompson was released to make room for Monday's signing of Josh Freeman.

The Vikings also released defensive end George Johnson and claimed defensive end Justin Trattou off waivers.

Meanwhile, Christian Ponder practiced today, but only on a limited basis as he comes back from the fractured rib that sidelined him for the Steelers game two weeks ago.

Also limited in practice today were: CB Chris Cook (groin), TE Rhett Ellison (knee), SS Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and DT Kevin Williams (knee). Earlier today, coach Leslie Frazier said he expects Sanford and Cook to return after missing the Steelers game. Ellison, who has missed the past two games, also is expected to play.

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