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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Vikings sign veteran TE Luke Stoker to practice squad

The oldest Vikings offensive player is now in his practice squad.

The Vikings on Wednesday added 33-year-old Luke Stoker to the 16-man practice squad and dropped tackle Jack Bailey from the squad. Stocker played in the NFL for the last 10 seasons with Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Atlanta, the last two years being with the Falcons. He has 83 career catches for 693 yards.

Stoker provides depth with Ben Ellefson missing Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury. The Vikings defended Brandon Dillon on Tuesday’s practice team, a sign that he may be ready to join the active roster for Sunday’s game in Carolina.

The Vikings are looking for depth in the tight end as starter Irv Smith Jr. lost to the closing season of the exhibition with a knee injury. He acquired Chris Herndon from the New York Jets and then picked up Ellefson to be a reserve behind new starter Tyler Conklin, exempt from Jacksonville.

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This season, none of Minnesota’s tight end catches other than Conklin. Herndon was in for seven snaps in his 19-17 win over Detroit last Sunday, and he conceded two penalties.

The stalker becomes a candidate to be promoted to the active roster at some point. He is the third oldest player on the Vikings after long snapper Andrew DePaola, 34, and defensive end Everson Griffen, 33.

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