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Vikings sign former Gophers DB Brock Vereen to practice squad

Brock Vereen is returning to Minnesota to play football, this time for the Vikings.

The former University of Minnesota standout was signed by the Vikings on Thursday to the team’s practice squad. A spot was left vacant when linebacker Brian Peters was signed off the practice squad to the Houston Texans’ active roster.

Vereen, 23, was a fourth-round draft pick by Chicago just last year.

The versatile defensive back started four games at safety in his rookie season and had 30 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. He had played in three games this season for the Bears.

Earlier in the week, Chicago also made sweeping changes that included trading former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers. The Bears had made a regime change with new general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox taking over in the offseason.

Vereen was waived by the Bears on Tuesday.

In four years with the Gophers, Vereen started 36 of 47 games and was named an All-Big Ten selection following his senior year.

Vereen, perhaps, could find a role in Minnesota with the Vikings still trying to solve the other safety spot next to Harrison Smith. Robert Blanton and Andrew Sendejo continue to rotate at the position. Antone Exum is on the active roster, as well.


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Brian Hall

Brian Hall was the Vikings beat reporter for FOX Sports North for four years and had previously covered the team for the Associated Press and PA SportsTicker. He’s seen many big moments (most of which have involved Adrian Peterson) during his time. Brian developed a connection with the team he couldn’t let go of as he faces his first season since Brett Favre was around in which he hasn’t been on the Vikings beat. A University of Minnesota graduate, Brian has worked in the sports media in the Twin Cities, covering everything imaginable, for more than 13 years, making many connections along the way. He’s looking forward to contributing to Vikings Territory and continuing to interact with the Vikings fans who have followed him along the way @MNBrianHall on Twitter.

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  1. Im glad he cleared waivers so we could get him on the psquad. He’s got the athletic skills Zimmer wants so if they can coach him up this could be a great move.