The Vikings were awarded one player off waivers on Sunday.
Former 49ers tight end Blake Bell, who played mostly on special teams in the Vikings’ 32-31 preseason win vs. San Francisco last month, was sent to Minnesota via the waiver system, according to the NFL transaction wire.
He’ll replace rookie tight end Bucky Hodges, who was waived with an injury designation Sunday after suffering a concussion in Thursday’s preseason finale vs. the Dolphins, a NFL source confirmed ESPN’s report.
Bell, 26, was a fourth-round pick by the 49ers out of Oklahoma just two years ago, when Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano was coaching 49ers tight ends. Bell started five games as a rookie, catching 15 passes for 186 yards. He played 25 snaps (19 on special teams) vs. the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium last month.
Bell joins Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan on the Vikings active roster. He is a converted quarterback, when he was a five-star recruit out of Wichita, Ks. Bell moved to tight end as a senior for the Sooners.
Three players waived by the Vikings found new homes. Linebacker Edmond Robinson was claimed by the Jets, offensive lineman Zac Kerin was claimed by the Lions and offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings is headed to Washington.