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Vikings Place Tom Johnson on IR; Sign Toby Johnson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Tuesday announced the signing of Toby Johnson to the 53-man roster and the placement of Tom Johnson on injured reserve.

Tom Johnson suffered a torn hamstring on Sunday against the Colts, the team he originally entered the NFL with as a rookie free agent in 2006.

Tom Johnson played 14 games this season, rotating on the interior of the defensive line and totaled 26 tackles (16 solo) as well as 2.0 sacks, six tackles for loss and 48 quarterback hurries tallied by Vikings coaches. He also made the first interception of his career, becoming the 11th Vikings defensive tackle to ever record a pick and the first since Kevin Williams in 2013, in Minnesota's win at Carolina.

After journeying around the globe to play in Europe and Canada, Tom Johnson returned to the NFL as a member of the Saints in 2011. He signed with the Vikings as a free agent in 2014 and has totaled 14 of his 19 career sacks in the past 46 games.

Toby Johnson first joined the Vikings as a member of the practice squad leading up to the Wild Card game this past January. He spent the offseason with the club but was released during roster reductions and re-signed to the practice squad. Toby Johnson was briefly signed to the 53-man roster last week when Sharrif Floyd was placed on injured reserve but was released to make way for the activation of Adrian Peterson.

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