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Updated: December 19th, 2010 11:22am
Source: Vikings to sign rookie QB R.J. Archer off practice squad

Source: Vikings to sign rookie QB R.J. Archer off practice squad

by Tom Pelissero
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Last week, Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo was one more injury away from being in the game at quarterback.

It appears interim coach Leslie Frazier wants to avoid that same scenario on Monday night.

The Vikings plan to sign R.J. Archer off their practice squad and suit him up as their third quarterback against the Chicago Bears, an NFL source said on Sunday morning.

Archer (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) signed with the Vikings in April as an undrafted free agent out of William & Mary but was cut on June 29. He rejoined the Vikings' practice squad on Dec. 7, two days after starting quarterback Brett Favre was injured against Buffalo.

Another rookie, Joe Webb, will start Monday's game in Favre's place, with journeyman Patrick Ramsey -- signed on Thursday after Tarvaris Jackson went on injured reserve -- as the No. 2 quarterback. Archer, 23, will be designated as the No. 3, meaning he won't count against the 45-man game day limit but can enter the game if something happens to Webb and Ramsey.

The Vikings most likely will play someone on IR to make room for Archer on the 53-man roster. Left guard Steve Hutchinson, who hasn't played since breaking his right thumb on Nov. 28 at Washington, is the most likely candidate.

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