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Updated: November 7th, 2012 10:09am
Vikings re-sign end Ernest Owusu, again, to fill out practice squad

Vikings re-sign end Ernest Owusu, again, to fill out practice squad

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings' practice squad has come full circle, and the rotation is over. At least for now.

The team announced on Wednesday it has re-signed end Ernest Owusu to the practice squad, filling the spot created when tight end Allen Reisner was promoted to the 53-man roster on Saturday.

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."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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