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Vikings Make Several Roster Changes Prior to Arizona Showdown

Prior to their big prime time game in Arizona this Thursday evening, the Vikings made a few notable roster adjustments in hopes of coping with the recent string of injuries that has impacted the team.

To help in filling the voids left by Harrison Smith and Antone Exum, the Vikings moved undrafted free agent rookie Anthony Harris to the active roster and resigned Shaun Prater, who was a late preseason cut this past fall.

Harris was signed post draft in May out of the University of Virginia, with plenty of acclaim due to his potential. Prater was a mid season acquisition in 2013 when Leslie Frazier was trying to find solutions in the secondary. Spending most of his time at corner back, Prater moved to safety this past off season in hopes of showing his versatility as a defensive back.

Although Prater wasn’t necessarily a surprise cut, he had shown some flashes in the preseason that justifies this move for the team. It’s not clear what the Vikings plan to do with Prater just yet with Harris moving to the active roster. Time will be needed for Prater to re-acclimate himself with the defense, I am sure.

To make room for Prater, the Vikings have waived defensive end Justin Trattou. Trattou had an excellent preseason and earned his spot on the team with impressive showings, but hasn’t seen the field much in the regular season with rookie Danielle Hunter and Scott Critchon getting the opportunities to relieve the starters on the defensive line.

The Vikings head into their toughest match up the season absolutely ravished by injuries. Maybe Zimmer and crew have some tricks up their sleeves, but we could be in for a long one come Thursday night.

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Brent LaBathe

Brent LaBathe (Contributor) Cloud technology leader by day, sports nut by night, Brent is a local purple diehard who's passion for the team boarders on obsession. After graduating from St. Cloud State in 2008, he was a contributing writer for and has always had a passion for writing. When he's not cursing his golf clubs for failing him yet again, he's constantly on twitter @BrentLaBathe.

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  1. There’s a Hallmark channel special on Thursday night. Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”. Might want to check that one out. As painful as that would be to watch, it will be a hell of a lot less painful than watching the Vikings disgrace themselves on national tv again…..

    1. i’m watching it anyway. if i didn’t like self-abuse i wouldn’t have become a nun

  2. On Nov. 29th the 49er’s took the Cards to the finish. AZ won 19-13, scoring with a bit over 2 minutes left. SF out gained them. But turned it over twice and went 0 – 9 on 3rd downs. SF is ranked well below us in defense, vs the run and pass. They are even below us offensively. Just a tad better passing, but well below running.
    We’re beat up and just took a butt whoopin. But we are 8-4, and not by accident. Our guys will fight, not going to say we’re gonna win. Just sayin’.
    Point spread is running about 7-8, smart money says we cover.

  3. CC, you are a true fan. I can only hope that the guys on the field well have the same “never say die” attitude. Can they win this one? Sure. IF the d can actually stop 5 out of 7 drives from going for a TD. IF Teddy can play better under pressure. IF the o line plays like they did for the few games prior to the Green Bay game. IF Adrian gets more than 18 yards. IF they don’t have any dumbass penalties and the refs are not decidedly one sided. IF the special teams play better than last week. And finally, IF they win the turnover battle. I hope that the Vikes stand tall and at least play a contested game, but I fear that this one has blow out written all over it. Just too many key defensive players not playing. Very thin at LB and the secondary. I wish the Vikes would not have traded away Hodges for a center that apparently is not good enough to replace Berger. Big mistake, I liked Hodges so I am biased. But he filled in admirably at middle and weak side last year.

    1. Thanks luv. No doubt this game looks like we don’t stand much of a chance. I was just checking out the Cards results last night, saw the Ram’s game they lost…but that was a while back. The Steeler game was as well and the Steelers are a good group. The Niner game was recent and could’ve been a loss. Just throwing that out there.
      Vikes could beat AZ, seems unlikely. But unlikely thing happen every day.
      I liked Hodges too. We could certainly use him right now. Isn’t he in SF now? Maybe he could give some of his old buddies some info on how to play those Cards.

  4. Um, Brent, that would be “ravaged by injuries,” not “ravished by injuries,” unless you know something about the, ahem, private lives, shall we say, of the team that you’re not telling us.