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Vikings add two safeties to active roster, place Exum Jr. on IR and waive Trattou

By Andrew Krammer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings shook up the active roster on Tuesday, two days before they’re scheduled to kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

With four safeties held out of Monday’s practice, the Vikings added two safeties in signing free agent Shaun Prater and promoting Anthony Harris from the practice squad. To make room, safety Antone Exum Jr. was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured rib and sprained AC joint in his shoulder in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Exum Jr. missed just one snap in the game as the Vikings were down to the bottom of their depth chart.

Heading into a bout with the 10-2 Cardinals, the Vikings are depleted at safety with Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Robert Blanton (knee) and Andrew Sendejo (knee) still healing and held out of Monday’s practice.

Prater, 26, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2012 by coach Mike Zimmer’s Cincinnati Bengals, though he did not appear in a game as he spent his rookie season on injured reserve before being waived the following training camp. This will be Prater’s second stint with the Vikings, first joining in October 2013, making three starts, and lasting until he was released in September’s final cuts. He’s played both cornerback and safety.

Harris, 24, has been promoted to the active roster after spending the first 12 weeks of his rookie season on the practice squad. The Vikings signed Harris as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia.

The Vikings also waived defensive end Justin Trattou, who made the active roster out of training camp and had a promising start. Trattou picked off Matthew Stafford in the Vikings’ Week 2 win against Detroit, before suffering a foot injury that opened the door for third-round rookie Danielle Hunter to carve out a role.

Linebacker Terrance Plummer was re-signed to the practice squad, filling the spot left by Harris’ promotion.

The post Vikings add two safeties to active roster, place Exum Jr. on IR and waive Trattou appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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