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Vikings Sign CB Kalon Barnes to Active Roster; Place Blake Brandel on Injured Reserve

CB Kalon Barnes
CB Kalon Barnes

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (10-3) on Wednesday announced the signing of cornerback Kalon Barnes to the team's 53-man roster and the placement of backup tackle Blake Brandel on Injured Reserve.

Minnesota also signed linebacker William Kwenkeu to the active roster from the team's practice squad.

The Vikings added defensive lineman Sheldon Day to their practice squad.

View photos of Vikings CB Kalon Barnes who signed with the team on December 14, 2022.

Barnes — the 242nd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers — was waived by Carolina on Aug. 30 before signing with Miami's practice squad on Sept. 1.

The 6-foot, 186-pound corner from Silsbee, Texas, played at Baylor from 2018-2021, appearing in 41 games and recording 69 tackles (53 solo). He also had 17 passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble.

Barnes also ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at the 2022 NFL Combine, completing the sprint in 4.23 seconds.

Brandel relieved Christian Darrisaw at Buffalo and against Dallas and started the past three games in place of the 2021 first-round pick, but he tore his MCL Sunday in Detroit. Darrisaw was cleared from the concussion protocol last week and is expected to return to the lineup this week.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.

Kwenkeu has appeared in two games for Minnesota this season.

Day was originally drafted 103rd overall by Jacksonville in 2016. The Indianapolis native played 67 games (three starts) for four different teams — Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland — and garnered 76 total tackles (46 solo), 7.0 sacks and seven passes defensed.