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Updated: November 26th, 2011 12:20pm
Vikings promote TE Allen Reisner, place WR Stephen Burton on waivers

Vikings promote TE Allen Reisner, place WR Stephen Burton on waivers

by Judd Zulgad
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Rookie Allen Reisner is back on the Minnesota Vikings 53-man roster.

The undrafted free agent from Iowa was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday to serve as the likely replacement for rookie Kyle Rudolph, who suffered a quadriceps injury last weekend against Oakland and did not practice this week.

Rudolph is listed as doubtful for Sundays' game at Atlanta.

To make room for Reisner, the Vikings placed wide receiver Stephen Burton on waivers. Burton, a seventh-round pick by the Vikings last April out of West Texas A&M, had appeared in one game since being promoted from the practice squad in late October following the release of Bernard Berrian.

Burton was on the Vikings' practice squad for the first seven games of the season and likely will return to that unit if he clears waivers.

Reisner made the Vikings roster out of training camp and played in the opening four games before spending the past six on the practice squad.

The Vikings' concerns about their health at tight end go beyond Rudolph's injury. Visanthe Shiancoe has been bothered by a hamstring injury for much of this season and aggravated the problem a few weeks ago.

He returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 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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