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Updated: September 1st, 2012 3:06pm
Vikings claim offensive lineman Mark Asper, cut Pat Brown, Zack Bowman

Vikings claim offensive lineman Mark Asper, cut Pat Brown, Zack Bowman

by Tom Pelissero
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As expected, the Minnesota Vikings were active on the waiver wire after Friday's 53-man roster reduction. 

The team announced on Saturday it has claimed offensive lineman Mark Asper off waivers from Buffalo. 

The Vikings also confirmed it has acquired cornerback A.J. Jefferson from Arizona in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Vikings cut tackle Pat Brown and cornerback Zack Bowman

Asper, 26, bounced between tackle and guard at Oregon. He sat out two years on a religious mission, making him one of the older players in April's draft, in which the Bills picked him in the sixth round (178th overall). 

Listed at 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds, Asper is thought to be a good fit for a zone-based blocking scheme. The Bills cut him on Friday. 

The Vikings needed help along the offensive line after DeMarcus Love landed on injured reserve with a shoulder/pectoral issue and Brown, 25, struggled in the preseason. 

Bowman, 27, was brought in for his special teams ability but didn't flash much in the preseason and lost out to younger players on the roster. 

The Arizona Republic reported the Jefferson trade involved an exchange of 2013 draft picks. 

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