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Updated: September 18th, 2012 1:48pm
Vikings waive Tori Gurley off practice squad, sign tackle Troy Kropog

Vikings waive Tori Gurley off practice squad, sign tackle Troy Kropog

by Tom Pelissero
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Tori Gurley turned down a chance to be on the Minnesota Vikings' 53-man roster in December.

Once the Vikings got the big receiver, he didn't stick around long. 

The Vikings announced on Tuesday they've waived Gurley off the practice squad and replaced him with tackle Troy Kropog, a fourth-round draft pick (135th overall) in 2009 who appeared in seven games over parts of three seasons with Tennessee. 

They had been looking for offensive linemen and were heavy on bodies at receiver, with five on the active roster, two on the practice squad and Jerome Simpson's suspension set to end on Monday. 

Gurley, 24, decided to take a raise and stay on Green Bay's practice squad in December, rather than joining the Vikings' active roster for the season's last three weeks. But the Packers cut him last month and he quickly signed with the Vikings' practice squad, where he lasted two weeks.

Kropog, 26, was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville after Tennessee cut him last week. The Jaguars cut him three days later. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Tulane product is still eligible for the practice squad because he never has been active for enough games in any season.

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In this story: Tori Gurley, Jerome Simpson