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Updated: December 27th, 2011 5:26pm
Vikings place Steve Hutchinson on IR, sign RB away from Chargers

Vikings place Steve Hutchinson on IR, sign RB away from Chargers

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings made a late-season roster move on Tuesday, placing left guard Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve and signing running back Jordan Todman off the San Diego Chargers practice squad.

Hutchinson missed last Saturday's victory at Washington because of a concussion and will finish the season on injured reserve for the second year in a row.

The Chargers selected Todman in the sixth round of last April's daft. He played college football at the University of Connecticut, rushing for 3,179 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons. Todman was a first-team All-Big East East selection in 2010 and earned the conference's offensive player of the year honor that season.

The decision to claim Todman off the Chargers practice squad is a move made for next season. Running back Adrian Peterson tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Saturday and it's not known when he will return in 2012.

The Vikings promoted rookie running back Caleb King from their practice squad on Monday and also have veteran Lorenzo Booker as a reserve. Toby Gerhart will take over as the starter with Peterson out but the Vikings felt the need to add depth at the position.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, might have played his final game as a Viking.

Once the top guard in the NFL, his play has declined in recent seasons and at age 34 he will be entering the final season of a seven-year, $49 million free-agent deal he signed with the Vikings before the 2006 season.

Hutchinson is due to make a base salary of $6.95 million in 2012. He had his season ended early last year because of a thumb injury.

If Hutchinson does not return, the Vikings are expected to shift left tackle Charlie Johnson to left guard and attempt to find a new left tackle.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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