Vikings place 4 on IR, sign 4, including Jarrad Page, Stephen Burton
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It's stash-and-sign time for the Minnesota Vikings.
The team announced a slew of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, placing safety Husain Abdullah, receiver Michael Jenkins, safety Tyrell Johnson and long snapper Cullen Loeffler on injured reserve and signing four players to replace them: long snapper Matt Katula, receiver Stephen Burton and safeties Jarrad Page and Andrew Sendejo.
Abdullah has missed two straight games with a concussion. The other three players placed on IR were all injured in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Loeffler fractured his lower back while being blocked on punt coverage, Johnson left with a pulled hamstring and Jenkins went down with a knee injury.
An NFL source said the Vikings' decision on Abdullah was strictly a precaution, not because of a setback. Jenkins downplayed his injury on Twitter, too.
"I have a minor knee injury that needs attention," Jenkins wrote. "I'll bounce back ready for next season."
The most intriguing name among the signings is Page, 27, who has started 45 games over parts of six NFL seasons with Kansas City, New England and Philadelphia, which released him on Nov. 16 -- hours after he reportedly was one of several NFL players in a Manhattan nightclub where a man was shot and killed.
A seventh-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2006, Page made the Chiefs roster out of training camp and moved into the lineup full-time in his second season, starting all 16 games in 2007 and '08. He was traded to New England on Sept. 4, 2010, played in 10 games (one start) for the Patriots and then signed with the Eagles in August, appearing in six games (five starts) before getting cut.
Burton, 21, appeared in one game earlier this season with the Vikings, then was waived on Saturday, when they promoted tight end Allen Reisner from the practice squad.
Katula, 29, has appeared in 88 games over six NFL seasons with Baltimore and New England, which cut him in August. He signed a one-year deal.
Sendejo, 24, has spent time with Dallas and the New York Jets since going undrafted out of Rice in 2010. He appeared in two games with the Cowboys as a rookie and spent a couple of weeks on the Jets' practice squad this year.
The Vikings also confirmed they have re-signed Mickey Shuler, one of their seventh-round draft picks in 2010, to the practice squad.