Vikings lose Jordan Todman to Jaguars, sign another running back
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Jordan Todman is headed to Jacksonville.
An NFL source confirmed on Tuesday afternoon the Jaguars have signed the speedy running back off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad, where Todman had been since Sept. 1.
The Vikings later announced the move via Twitter and said they've signed running back Joe Banyard, a rookie from UTEP who has had stints with Jacksonville and New Orleans, to take Todman's place.
Todman, 22, made a similar move last season, signing to the Vikings' 53-man roster off the practice squad in San Diego, where he'd been a sixth-round draft pick (183rd overall) out of Connecticut.
He showed promise in the offseason with the Vikings but was hampered most of training camp by an ankle injury. A 76-yard touchdown run in the Aug. 30 preseason finale at Houston raised his profile, though, and Todman ended up getting a $170,000 base salary -- well above the $96,900 minimum -- to rejoin the Vikings' practice squad after being waived in the final cutdown.
The Vikings are believed to have tried to retain Todman once he got the offer from Jacksonville. But they already have three halfbacks, including All-Pro Adrian Peterson and former second-round draft pick Toby Gerhart, giving Todman a better chance to actually see the field with the Jaguars.
Jalen Parmele, who had played an increased role the past two weeks for the Jags, suffered a leg injury in Sunday's game against Tennessee and wrote on Facebook he has been placed on injured reserve.
Banyard, 24, averaged 3.7 yards on his 25 carries in the preseason. He signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in April, was waived in June and then signed with the Saints, who released him with an injury settlement in September. He's listed at 5-11 and 213 pounds.