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Updated: August 25th, 2010 12:21pm
Vikings acquire receiver Greg Camarillo from Miami for Benny Sapp

Vikings acquire receiver Greg Camarillo from Miami for Benny Sapp

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings can't replace Sidney Rice, but they're rather quickly putting together pieces to help them survive their top receiver's extended absence.

An NFL source confirmed the Vikings have acquired possession receiver Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins for reserve cornerback Benny Sapp, who wasn't on the field for practice on Wednesday morning. Sapp's agent, Andy Simms, also confirmed on Twitter his client is headed to Miami.

Camarillo, 28, has 105 catches for 1,165 yards and two touchdowns over the past two seasons with the Dolphins despite blowing out a knee on Nov. 23, 2008 -- three days after signing a three-year, $6 million contract extension.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Stanford product began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2005 with the San Diego Chargers. Miami claimed him off waivers in September 2007. He's signed through 2011, with base salaries of $1.3 million this season and $1.7 million next.

Camarillo primarily plays the slot and isn't a downfield threat -- his career per-catch average is 11.7 yards, and his longest catch over the past two years is 33 yards. So, the Vikings may take an extended look at Percy Harvin opposite Bernard Berrian on the perimeter, although Harvin isn't a detailed route runner and the Vikings figure to manufacture a lot of his touches.

The acquisition of Camarillo comes a day after the Vikings signed free agent Javon Walker and on the same day Harvin returned to practice for the first time since Thursday's on-field collapse.

Sapp, 29, received a $500,000 roster bonus on the two-year deal he signed in March and was due $1.4 million in base salary this season. But he missed a significant chunk of camp with hydration problems and had fallen to fifth on the depth chart at cornerback.

Also not on the field during the portion of practice reporters could watch were: end Jared Allen, linebacker Kenny Onatolu, receiver Ray Small and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who also was missing on Tuesday.

Another player missing on Tuesday, linebacker Chad Greenway, was back on the field.

UPDATE, 12:41 p.m.: For those of you who recognize Camarillo's name but don't know why, you might recall the most memorable play of his career:

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