With backup QB Sean Mannion on COVID list, Vikings re-sign Kyle Sloter

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  • Sean Mannion
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  • Kyle Sloter
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  • Kirk Cousins
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Dec. 28—With backup quarterback Sean Mannion on the COVID-19 reserve list, the Vikings on Tuesday re-signed Kyle Sloter to the active roster.

Sloter was on the Vikings' active roster during the 2017 and 2018 seasons without getting into a game. He was waived at the end of the preseason in 2019 after Mannion beat him out to be the backup to Kirk Cousins.

On Tuesday, the Vikings also signed tackle Rick Leonard to the practice squad and released tight end Brandon Dillon and wide receiver Damion Ratley from the practice squad. Leonard provides depth with Oli Udoh, who has started games at guard and tackle this season, and reserve tackle Rashod Hill also on the COVID list.

Mannion, who is fully vaccinated, was placed on the list before Sunday's 30-23 loss to San Francisco, and rookie quarterback Kellen Mond was active for the first time in his career but didn't play. A source said Tuesday that Mannion, who won't practice Wednesday, was doing better and there's a chance he could be back with the team late this week.

The NFL's new COVID-19 protocols, unveiled Tuesday, call for Mannion to be able to return after a five-day quarantine if he doesn't have a fever and he has no symptoms or they're improving. Under the previous protocols, Mannion needed two negative tests within 24 hours or he was out 10 days.

However, it's uncertain who will be Cousins' backup for Sunday night's game at Green Bay.

Sloter, who originally signed with Denver as an undrafted rookie in 2017, put up good numbers for the Vikings in preseason games in 2018 and 2019 but head coach Mike Zimmer was still critical at times of his play. After being let go by the Vikings, Sloter spent time with Arizona, Detroit, Chicago and Las Vegas but still has yet to play in a regular-season game.

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