Vikings sign running back Ameer Abdullah off practice squad, waive tackle Blake Brandel

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Sep. 25—The Vikings on Saturday signed running back Ameer Abdullah off the practice squad and waived tackle Blake Brandel.

The team also elevated guard Dakota Dozier and cornerback Parry Nickerson off the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's game against Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury. A source had said before the Vikings announced roster moves Saturday that they were considering elevating running back A.J. Rose Jr. off the practice squad, so perhaps it was a sign that Cook is expected to play when that move wasn't made.

In addition to Cook, other running backs on the active roster are Alexander Mattison and now Abdullah. Abdullah started the season on the practice squad, was elevated for a Week 1 game at Cincinnati, was signed to the active roster on Sept. 18 and played against Arizona in Week 2, and then was released last Tuesday and signed to the practice squad.

With Brandel waived and Christian Darrisaw having been ruled out Friday due to a groin injury, the Vikings on Sunday won't dress out any players with a listed position of tackle other than starters Brian O'Neill and Rashod Hill. However, starting guards Oli Udoh and Ezra Cleveland and Dozier all also can play tackle.

With Harrison Hand (hamstring) out, Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer was asked Thursday who the backup nickelback is behind Mackensie Alexander, and he declined to say. It should now be noted that Nickerson has ample experience in playing the nickel.

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