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Vikings Place Bradbury on Reserve/COVID-19; Sign Stocker to 53

C Garrett Bradbury
C Garrett Bradbury

Update 11/6/21: DENate Orchard -Practice squad termination by club.

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Thursday announced center Garrett Bradbury has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Minnesota also signed tight end Luke Stocker from its practice squad and signed defensive end Nate Orchard to its practice squad.

Additionally, the Vikings waived former Rams defensive end Jonah Williams, who had been claimed off waivers Wednesday because Williams failed a physical exam.

Bradbury, who was vaccinated against the virus in the spring, will miss a game for the first time in his career.

The 2019 first-round selection has started all 39 regular-season games and barely missed a snap. Bradbury played 97 percent of Minnesota's offensive snaps as a rookie and all 1,082 in 2020. He has played all 508 so far this season.

Mason Cole, who played in 46 career games with 32 starts for the Cardinals from 2018-20, has backed up Bradbury this season. Cole joined Arizona as a third-round pick and was traded this offseason to Minnesota for a sixth-round selection.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

Cole has played 34 special teams snaps for Minnesota and was in for four offensive snaps as an extra blocker at Carolina.

According to analytics site Pro Football Focus, Cole played 2,063 total offensive snaps from 2018-20, with 1,862 of them (90.3 percent) coming at center. But he has also played 149 snaps at left guard, 47 snaps at right guard, one at left tackle and four as an extra tight end.

Cole played collegiately at the University of Michigan. He made 51 consecutive starts along the offensive line and was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree in his college career.

Stocker, an 11-year veteran, was signed to Minnesota’s practice squad on Oct. 13. He was elevated to the Vikings 53-man roster for games at Carolina and against Dallas. Stocker played 10 offensive snaps against the Panthers and 17 against the Cowboys. He recorded his first catch as a Viking for a gain of 7 on Sunday. Stocker has 84 career catches for 700 yards and five touchdowns.

Orchard, 28, has appeared in 46 career games with 13 starts since 2015. All 13 starts were for the Browns, who drafted him in the second round out of Utah. He made 11 starts as a rookie and recorded 3.0 of his 6.0 career sacks.

After three seasons with Cleveland, Orchard played for Buffalo and Kansas City in 2018 before joining Washington and playing eight games over two seasons (2019-20).

Orchard (6-3, 251) recorded 18.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a senior in 2014 to earn the Ted Hendricks Award.