Vikings waive Kenny Willekes with injury designation, sign Jonathan Bullard

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The Vikings on Thursday waived defensive end Kenny Willekes with an injury designation. To take his spot on the roster, they signed veteran defensive end Jonathan Bullard.

It’s uncertain what injury was suffered by Willekes, who got into six games last season and had 2½ sacks. If he clears waivers, he would be in line to go on injured reserve.

Bullard has started 15 of the 70 games he has played in six seasons. He spent last year with Atlanta, starting four of the nine games he played.

Bullard will provide depth as the Vikings shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. Donatell is familiar with Bullard from when he played for Chicago in 2018 and Donatell was the Bears’ secondary coach. And Vikings defensive line coach Chris Rumph had that title with Florida when Bullard played his final season with the Gators in 2015.

After being a third-round pick by Chicago in 2016, Bullard played three years for the Bears and then spent 2019 with Arizona and 2020 with Seattle before joining the Falcons. In his NFL career, he has 113 tackles, including 13 for loss and 3½ sacks.

Willekes was a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2020 and missed all of his rookie year with a knee injury. He spent most of last year on the practice squad, and his season included missing some games due to COVID-19.

In his first career game, Willkes had a career-high seven tackles at Baltimore in Week 9. He had his best game in the season finale against Chicago, recording two sacks.

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