In a move to buttress their offensive line depth with Phil Loadholt and Charlie Johnson both on the shelf, the Vikings on Thursday elevated tackle Kevin Murphy from the practice squad. To make room for Murphy the Vikings waived linebacker Audie Cole.
Murphy first entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent, signed by the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners ultimately waived him and he was picked up by the Vikings, who placed him on their practice squad for the entire 2012 season.
Murphy has spent all of 2013 on the practice squad. His signing to the 53-man roster on Thursday, just hours ahead of the Vikings’ game with the Redskins, marks the first time in his career he has ever been on an NFL active roster. The Vikings plan to go with J’Marcus Webb at right tackle with starter Loadholt suffering a concussion.
The man waived to make way for Murphy, Audie Cole, has been a special teams contributor in 2013 after spending most of his rookie season inactive. Cole found himself sliding down the depth chart with the emergence of 2013 draft picks Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, and now he is most likely headed back to the Vikings’ practice squad unless another team puts in a waiver claim.