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Updated: August 26th, 2011 10:26am
Vikings release linebacker Mark Washington, bring back David Herron

Vikings release linebacker Mark Washington, bring back David Herron

by Tom Pelissero
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Depleted by injuries at linebacker, the Minnesota Vikings have brought back a familiar face.

The team announced on Friday morning it has signed journeyman David Herron and released Mark Washington, who was sidelined by a shoulder stinger suffered in Saturday's exhibition at Seattle.

Herron, 27, played two games with the Vikings in 2007 and 14 games in 2008, making three spot starts in place of injured middle linebacker E.J. Henderson.

Since, Herron has had turns with Kansas City (10 games in 2009), San Diego (two games in 2010) and the New York Jets, who signed him on Aug. 8 and cut him four days later after Herron suffered a minor injury.

Washington, Jasper Brinkley (hip flexor) and Heath Farwell (hamstring) all missed practice time this week and were expected to sit out Saturday's preseason game against Dallas. Signing Herron gives the Vikings at least one more body to take reps once the starters depart, assuming he's deemed to be in good enough shape to suit up.

It's probable Washington was waived/injured and will receive an injury settlement.

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