View images of Vikings new G Bryan Witzmann from his days with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added depth to the offensive line Monday by adding Bryan Witzmann to the roster.
The roster move came after Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer announced at his Monday press conference that offensive lineman Aviante Collins will be out for the season after suffering an elbow injury last week at practice.
Here are five things to know about the newest Minnesota Viking:
1. Bringing experience
Witzmann started 13 games at left guard for Kansas City in 2017, and played in 11 games in 2016. He helped Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt lead the league in rushing with 1,327 yards this past season.
Witzmann spent the offseason and training camp with the Chiefs before being released earlier this month.
2. Ironman streak
Witzmann played at South Dakota State, where the offensive lineman started every game in his four-year career. He set a school record with 49 consecutive starts and was twice-named an FCS All-American.
3. Book smarts
Witzmann was a four-time member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll and recipient of the MVFC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
4. Border Battle
Witzmann joins the roster as the Vikings are preparing to face the Packers. The 28-year-old was an All-State offensive lineman at Somerset High School (Wisconsin) and received Honorable Mention All-State honors for a defensive lineman as a senior in 2008.
5. Team No. 5
Witzmann is now on his fifth team in the NFL. He spent time with Houston, New Orleans Dallas and Kansas City before joining the Vikings.