MANKATO — As expected the Vikings made some roster moves today to replace the injured Heath Farwell and Jayme Mitchell.
Chris Norwell, a rookie defensive end from Illinois, was signed to help add depth on the line after Mitchell suffered a torn ACL on Friday against Seattle. The Vikings also are without end Brian Robison, who is out indefinitely after having surgery to fix a varicose vein in his leg.
The team also signed two offensive tackles: Sean Dumford, a rookie out of Eastern Kentucky, and Brock Pasteur, a rookie from Stephen F. Austin. Space on the 80-man roster was created by placing Farwell (torn ACL), Mitchell and first-year guard Mike Jones on injured reserve.
It’s worth noting that safety Madieu Williams is sitting out the morning practice after doing limited work on Sunday. Williams missed Friday’s game because of neck spams. Also sitting out are safety Tyrell Johnson (unknown); offensive tackle Drew Radovich (shoulder); defensive tackle Kenderick Allen (hand/wrist); and offensive tackle Marcus Johnson (knee).
Among those watching practice today are former Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders. We’ve also been told Sid is on the way but haven’t seen him yet.
By the way, I know some of you keep track of numbers. Dumford will wear No. 61; Norwell will wear No. 66; and Pasteur will wear No. 73. Defensive end Otis Grigsby also wears No. 73.