Minnesota Vikings waive Shaun Prater, re-sign Justin Trattou


The Minnesota Vikings have waived safety Shaun Prater and brought back defensive end Justin Trattou.

The Vikings needed safety help last week thanks to multiple injuries at the position and Shaun Prater provided that assistance.

As a reward for his contribution, the Vikings on Monday waived Shaun Prater.

Oh and he got paid money for the game too, so that’s good!

Prater’s release left an open roster spot which the Vikings have filled by bringing back defensive end Justin Trattou, who was cut before last Thursday’s game to make room for Prater.

The move to waive Prater and bring back Trattou would seem to indicate that the Vikings are going to get at least one of their injured safeties back this week.

Harrison Smith tried to come back two games ago against the Seahawks but went out with an early injury. He missed the entire Cardinals game.

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Andrew Sendejo could also be a candidate to return to the line-up.

If the Vikings are lucky, they will get back both Sendejo and Smith.

Truth be told, rookie Anthony Harris didn’t do a terrible job against Arizona and perhaps could stick in the starting line-up even when the Vikings’ other safeties get back.

Despite all their defensive injuries, the Vikings put together a solid effort on D against the high-powered Cardinals offense.

That solid effort wasn’t quite enough to get the Vikings a win but they came a lot closer than most people were anticipating.

The Vikings play Jay Cutler and the Bears this weekend and would with a victory take a pretty commanding lead in the race for the second NFC Wild Card.