Vikings re-sign end Ernest Owusu, again, to fill out practice squad
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The Minnesota Vikings' practice squad has come full circle, and the rotation is over. At least for now.
Owusu, the rookie out of California, is no newcomer. It's his fifth stint with the Vikings, dating to when they signed him for a $3,500 bonus as an undrafted free agent in May.
The rotation started on Sept. 29, when the Vikings waived Tyler Holmes, a rookie guard from Tulsa, off their practice squad to make room for Reisner.
They had waived Reisner two days earlier to clear a spot on the 53-man roster for recently unsuspended receiver Jerome Simpson. But the Vikings wanted to keep developing Holmes, too.
So, they re-signed Holmes on Oct. 5 and waived Owusu. Six days later, they re-signed Owusu and waived Holmes. They swapped the pair again on Oct. 18, Oct. 23 and for a fifth time on Oct. 29.
In essence, the Vikings temporarily created a ninth spot on their eight-man practice squad.
Players receive a week's pay if they're on the active roster anytime between 3 p.m. Tuesday and game day. So, by making the swap each week, both players get paid their weekly practice squad salaries of $5,700 for a partial week's work.
In exchange, the Vikings got to keep working with Holmes and Owusu until cornerback Chris Cook's broken arm landed him on injured reserve and created a new spot on the 53 for Reisner.
The NFL doesn't consider there to be a competitive/stashing issues because both players could be claimed off waivers each time the Vikings let them go.
"Both guys have been doing a good job," Frazier said on Oct. 29. "When they're out here practicing, they're doing a good job."