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Updated: January 1st, 2011 4:58pm
Vikings add Berrian to injury report, sign away receiver from Bears

Vikings add Berrian to injury report, sign away receiver from Bears

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings added Bernard Berrian to the injury report on Saturday and reportedly signed Juaquin Iglesias off Chicago's practice squad in the face of a potential receiver shortage for Sunday's season finale at Detroit.

Berrian was listed as questionable with a previously unrevealed quadriceps injury. Because Sidney Rice is doubtful and almost surely won't play five days after suffering a concussion, the Vikings had only four healthy receivers, including two -- Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett -- who were inactive last week.

The Bears thought enough of Iglesias, 23, to draft him in the third round (99th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft. The 6-foot, 205-pound Texas native ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the 2009 scouting combine and had 142 receptions for 2,057 yards and 15 touchdowns over the final two seasons of his four-year career at the University of Oklahoma.

But Iglesias was active for only one game as a rookie, was released in the final cuts in September and had spent this entire season on the Bears' practice squad. Saturday was the final day for signing players off other teams' practice squads, and the Chicago Tribune reported the Vikings -- who did not announce the move -- beat that deadline to add Iglesias.

It was unclear whether the Vikings signed Iglesias with the intention of suiting him up as an emergency option on Sunday or simply figured he was worth developing at a position that could undergo significant turnover this offseason. Rice, Lewis and Baskett are unsigned for 2011, and Berrian more than likely will be released because of his salary and declining play.

The Vikings made room for Iglesias on the roster by placing safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) on injured reserve.

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