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Updated: September 1st, 2012 12:37pm
Vikings re-sign Jordan Todman to practice squad, lose Manny Arceneaux

Vikings re-sign Jordan Todman to practice squad, lose Manny Arceneaux

by Tom Pelissero
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Jordan Todman is back with the Minnesota Vikings.

An NFL source said on Saturday the speedy halfback cleared waivers and has re-signed to the Vikings practice squad.

The Vikings announced the signing later in the day. Also re-signed to the practice squad from among Friday's 20 cuts were guard Tyler Holmes, defensive tackle Chase Baker and cornerback Bobby Felder

Receiver Tori Gurley, waived by Green Bay on Friday, posted on Twitter he has signed with the Vikings as well.

An NFL source said on Saturday the Vikings also signed another receiver, Chris Summers, to the practice squad. 

Teams could begin setting their eight-man practice squad beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday once players cleared waivers. 

Another player the Vikings cut on Friday, receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, turned down the Vikings' practice squad offer to sign with the Washington Redskins' practice squad, a source said.

The Vikings decided to keep Matt Asiata as their No. 3 halfback over Todman, who missed most of camp with a sprained ankle but rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries in Thursday's preseason finale at Houston. He originally signed with the Vikings off San Diego's practice squad in December.

Arceneaux got a $75,000 bonus to sign with the Vikings in January 2011 after two productive seasons in the Canadian Football League. But he spent most of last season on the practice squad, catching one pass for 10 yards in three games, and was buried with the third string throughout camp.

The Vikings tried to sign Gurley (6-foot-4, 232 pounds) to their 53-man roster in December, but he turned them down to stay on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers, who cut him on Friday.

Coincidentally, after Gurley spurned them, the player the Vikings promoted to the active roster was Arceneaux. He went undrafted out of South Carolina in 2011, spent the season on the practice squad and had a 54-yard catch in the Packers' preseason finale. 

Summers is another big body (6-5, 213) who the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his campus workout. He caught 188 passes in four seasons at Liberty, breaking some of Jerome Simpson's Big South Conference records, and spent camp with the Chicago Bears before they cut him this week. 

The Vikings are No. 3 on the waiver priority list based on last season's record. They announced one claim on Saturday: offensive lineman Mark Asper, who had been with Buffalo. 

The Indianapolis Colts, who are No. 1 on the list, announced they have claimed three players from Friday's cuts: safety Sergio Brown, tackle Mike Person and nose tackle Marvin Tevaseu.

To make room, the Colts waived safety Jermale Hines, cornerback D.J. Johnson and tackle Ty Nsekhe. Those sorts of exchanges will keep waivers active through the early portion of next week.

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