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Vikings Sign DE Justin Trattou, Waive S Shaun Prater

The Minnesota Vikings are getting healthy just in time for the final stretch of the season. With three games remaining to secure their playoff positioning, they’ll need all the help they can get, especially in the secondary.

According to the team’s official website, Justin Trattou has been signed to the active roster and safety Shaun Prater, who was signed last week, has been waived. His release should register as a good sign for the collective health of Minnesota’s safeties, including starters Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo. Both players were inactive against the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday and were sorely missed; Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw two touchdowns of 40-plus yards against the Vikings.

On Friday, head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media and shared some positive news regarding four injured starters, from linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) to defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot). He noted that Sendejo is his “best guess” to return to the field first:

[quote_center]”I got a pretty good report this morning that they’re all moving in the right direction.”[/quote_center]

Players are set to return to the practice field Tuesday to begin preparation for their Week 15 matchup with the Chicago Bears. The Vikings beat the Bears 23-20 at Soldier Field earlier in the season and will host them at TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday. Trattou, who was active for the first two games of the season, adds depth to Mike Zimmer’s varied defensive line, which will hopefully get after Jay Cutler this week.

If Smith and Sendejo do start against Chicago, rookie safety Anthony Harris will likely be inactive. Terence Newman, who played safety as a last resort in Arizona on Thursday, would roll back to his natural position at cornerback. He was replaced by Trae Waynes, the rookie cornerback out of Michigan State. Waynes played well in his first career start and may have earned more playing time later in the season.



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Austin Belisle

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  1. dude, check your facts. from what i’ve heard, it’s 3 games, and practice starts back tomorrow. you’re representing as the west coast’s biggest vikings fan

    1. Thanks for noticing that, Cal. Had my dates wrong — must be rusty after my vacation this weekend.

  2. We’ll I’m glad we have another article up. Tired of looking at the “we didn’t lose by 50” thing.
    Kind of makes me mad when I see it!

    1. I think Rhodes will be okay. He can’t catch anyway. Right?
      If he catches that ball we win that game…to go along with about 4 other plays!

      1. Rhodes showed a ton of heart in that game, not going to rip him for his inability to catch with one good hand. Hope he is OK, huge loss if he can’t go. Beckham is going to be a handful.

        1. Agree holdsteady, I’m very glad we have Xavier . He will get some picks…hope it’s soon!
          I’m just sayin’, it was that kind of game. I think we’re better than AZ.

  3. I kind of feel sorry for Prater. Dude’s always getting bounced around. Hard to believe he can’t make a roster?

  4. Any of you guys go to the games? Me, my son and grandson are going this week! First time in Minnesota for us! Any advice would be welcome.

      1. Thanks Austin, I’m thinking we’ll have a grand time. Been to a few Viking games, but never a home game, looking forward to it. It’ll be the first for the grandson…we better win!

        1. hope you have a great time CC. Unfortunately I had a couple buddies that went to the last home game and they were pretty pissed. Please bring the Vikes GOOD luck.

    1. If possible, could you post a photo of you and your family posing in front of the statue honoring Jeff Dugan. If it’s too crowded around the statue, maybe you could get a group picture next to Dugan’s Ring of Honor Plaque. I’ve heard rumors that Dugan’s Statue is carved out of pure Onyx and also that if an infertile women touches a certain area of the statue, she will become pregnant within 24 hours.

    2. Cal, A buddy and I were seriously thinking of going to this game but just couldn’t make schedules work. Would have been cool to see you there. You’ll have a blast!

      1. Hey Fran, dang, that would’ve been great to meet you. Maybe next year, whole family is going to try to make one next year! Maybe Mr. LeCount too! We oughta make it a VT thing as well…let’s make it happen!

        1. Hah! I’ll be spending the holidays in New York City with my brother and his family of rabid Giants fans. I can’t wait to watch the game with them!

    1. Yep, well…we better get that not winning night games monkey off our back! No better time than this. I believe Coach Zimmer can make it happen.

      1. Keep the faith CC! Eli is playing extremely well this year and Beckham is clearly something special. It would be a tall order to expect the Vikes D to shut them down completely, but I do believe that they can limit them if they can pressure Eli. The Giants D is also vulnerable. I hope that my criticism of Teddy will prove to be a knee jerk reaction to his only turnover of the game although at the worst time imaginable and that he can play as well against the G-men as he did against a much better Cardinals secondary. I do not know if I agree with you regarding Arizona not being that good. Their record and their defensive stats suggest otherwise. P. Peterson and Mathieu (sp?) are both very good. I do not think that the Giants have any as good as those two so I will be believing that they can put up good passing numbers against them until they prove otherwise. I am thinking that they must win the next two games if they expect to make the playoffs.