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Updated: October 9th, 2013 5:05pm
Vikings lose quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson on waivers to 49ers

Vikings lose quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson on waivers to 49ers

by Derek Wetmore
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings have a crowded quarterback situation, but McLeod Bethel-Thompson has been bumped out.

The former third-stringer was released Monday to make room for Josh Freeman's signing. If Bethel-Thompson cleared waivers, he could have been assigned to the Vikings' practice squad. 

But the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday claimed Bethel-Thompson, according to the team's official Twitter account.

It never appeared Bethel-Thompson was in the Vikings' long-term plans, but Wednesday's news assures that. Affectionately dubbed "MBT" by some Vikings fans, there was a small but vocal sect of the team's following that called for him to be the starter at various times in his tenure in Minnesota. 

He went undrafted out of Sacramento State, but got looks with the 49ers, the Dolphins and the Vikings for stints before returning to San Francisco.

To make room on the roster for Bethel-Thompson, the 49ers waived John Skelton. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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