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The Vikings just made four roster moves, placing Adrian Peterson on injured reserve, releasing tight end Allen Reisner and promoting tight end Mickey Shuler and running back Caleb King from the practice squad.
Reisner, an undrafted rookie, has one catch for 5 yards. He'll likely be re-signed to the practice squad, where he began the season. Shuler was a seventh-round draft pick of the Vikings last year. He was cut before the season and saw some action with the Dolphins in 2010. He was brought back this season as a free agent after being released by Miami.
The Vikings are 2-9. The injuries keep adding up. We'd suggest you use your Sundays to tackle holiday shopping or other household chores. It could be a long month at the end of a trying season.
This afternoon the Vikings placed four key players on injured reserve, putting a premature end to the seasons of long snapper Cullen Loeffler, receiver Michael Jenkins and safeties Husain Abdullah and Tyrell Johnson.
To compensate for those roster moves, the Vikings signed four players: receiver Stephen Burton, long snapper Matt Katula and safeties Jarrad Page and Andrew Sendejo. Tight end Mickey Shuler has also been added to the practice squad.
Loeffler fractured a bone in his lower back, near his tailbone in Sunday's loss in Atlanta. That injury brings to an end a consecutive starts streak of 123 regular season games.
Abdullah suffered a concussion in Week 10 at Green Bay and has been unable to progress enough to risk bringing him back this season.
Johnson suffered a serious hamstring injury in the second quarter in Atlanta. And Jenkins, who played through the Vikings' final series Sunday, has a knee injury.
Cullen Loeffler's out with a serious back injury. And Jared Allen's worth comes far more from his pass rushing skills than from his ability to long snap. So the Vikings made a necessary move this afternoon, signing Matt Katula as their new long snapper.
Scott Smith, Katula's agent, was the first to announce the signing on Twitter.
We will have more information on additional Vikings roster moves shortly.
MANKATO -- Waiting out of Gage Center for players to arrive but wanted to post this. It's the moves the Vikings have made.
FREE AGENTS SIGNED
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Auburn
Tristan Davis, HB, Auburn
Jonathan Gilmore, LB, Western Oregon
Michael Jenkins, WR, Ohio State
Scott Kooistra, OT, N.C. State
Ryan Lincoln, WR, Texas A&M Kingsville
Cedric McKinley, DE, Gophers
Mark Washington, LB, Texas State
Husain Abdullah, S, Washington State
Fred Evans, DT, Texas State
Eric Frampton, S, Washington State
Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland
Ryan Longwell, K, California
2011 DRAFT PICKS SIGNED
Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
DeMarcus Love, T, Arkansas
Mistral Raymond, DB, South Florida
Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock
Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State
D’Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona
Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M
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