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Minnesota Vikings: Breaking Down the 8-Man Practice Squad
Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

After the much-too-hyped 2012 waiver period, the Vikings have made one waiver claim, versatile lineman Mark Asper. With the passing of the waiver deadline, however, comes the possibility of signing another Jake Delhomme, Jason Peters or James Harrison to the practice squad.

While practice squad players rarely become All-Pro stars, the development of players on the practice squad can end up providing excellent depth.

In recent history, the players who have evolved into solid backups include Matt Asiata, Allen Reisner, Marcus Sherels, Chris DeGeare and potential Week 1 starter Stephen Burton.

The practice squad consists largely of developmental players, and no player on the practice squad can have more than one "vested" season—a season where they were on an active roster for more than six games—and no player can be on a practice squad for three years.

This young group of players can be signed at any time by any team, although they will typically be prospects for their own team instead of others.

What follows is a small breakdown of every practice squad player that the Vikings have on their roster entering the 2012 season.

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