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Updated: September 4th, 2012 5:43pm
Ex-Vikings Lex Hilliard, Chris DeGeare manage to find NFL employement

Ex-Vikings Lex Hilliard, Chris DeGeare manage to find NFL employement

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings might not have wanted them, but at least four players who spent training camp with the team before being let go have surfaced elsewhere.

The two most recent are running back Lex Hilliard and guard Chris DeGeare.

The New England Patriots signed Hilliard, according to the Boston Globe.

Hillard joined the Vikings last March as a free agent after rushing for 130 yards on 39 carries with two touchdowns in three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He also caught 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Hilliard ran for 53 yards on 16 carries in the preseason and was beaten out for the job as the Vikings' third running back by Matt Asiata.

DeGeare, a fifth-round pick by the Vikings in 2010, signed with the Tennessee Titans practice squad. DeGeare started the final five games of his rookie season at left guard when Steve Hutchinson was injured.

But he did not make the final cut a year ago and spent the entire season on the Vikings practice squad.

Quentin Saulsberry, who started at right guard in the Vikings' exhibition finale at Houston, was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad. Saulsberry was signed as rookie free agent by the Vikings out of Mississippi.

The Washington Redskins already had signed wide receiver Manny Arceneaux to their practice squad. Arceneaux spent the first 14 weeks of the 2011 season on the Vikings' practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster for the final three weeks.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Kerry Taylor, defensive end Ernest Owusu and linebacker Solomon Elimimian were back looking for work after initially being picked up when the Vikings made their cuts from 90 to 75 players.

Taylor was released by the New England Patriots and Elimimian and Owusu were picked up by the Cleveland Browns and quickly let go. Owusu is back on the Vikings' practice squad. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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