NFL: Vikings pick up J'Marcus Webb from Bears

9:55 PM, Sep 1, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings picked up offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb off waivers from the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Webb started 44 games on the offensive line for the Bears for the past three years. Webb was released by the Bears earlier this week.

Webb will most likely back up Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt for the Vikings.

Minnesota released offensive lineman Troy Kropog to make room for Webb.

Minnesota announced its practice squad also on Sunday. The squad includes running back Joe Banyard, guard Travis Bond, defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, tight end Chase Ford, offensive tackle Kevin Murphy and wide receivers Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen.

Thielen is a former Minnesota State-Mankato player. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported through a source that former Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield is retiring.

Winfield was going to be released by the Seattle Seahawks after he signed a one-year contract with them in the offseason. Winfield was released by the Vikings after last season.

Winfield was a 14-year veteran and was selected in the 1999 draft by Buffalo. He signed with the Vikings in 2004.

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