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Vikings sign Thomas

October 13th, 2008 – 1:14 PM by Chip Scoggins

Vikings coach Brad Childress announced that the team has signed linebacker Dontarrious Thomas, who played for the Vikings from 2004-07.

The Vikings are hurting at linebacker right now. Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson suffered a season-ending foot injury. His replacement, David Herron, suffered several injuries yesterday and is ‘beat up” according to Childress.

The Vikings worked out Thomas two weeks ago. Thomas left the Vikings after last season to sign a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers but he was released before the season.

Thomas is at Winter Park and we’ll try and get him during locker room access later this afternoon.

“What he does is he gives us a guy who’s familiar with our system,” Childress said. “Obviously he didn’t want to leave but he had to go for the money in free agency. It didn’t work out there in San Francisco for whatever reason. But he still looks like he possesses some tools. He knows our drill. He knows the linebacker coach, he knows the system, he knows the special teams, he knows our values. So he’s extremely excited to be back with us.”

Childress said Thomas should be able to play Sunday at Chicago. Childress said it’s unclear whether Thomas will play strictly in the middle or rotate between all three spots like he did during his first stint.

Childress said the team will make a roster move to clear room for Thomas later today after his contract paperwork is completed. 

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