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Vikings Sign George Iloka to Practice Squad

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Thursday announced the signing of George Iloka to their practice squad.

The move capitalizes on relaxed rules governing practice squads that formerly capped the amount of experience a player could have and be eligible for the practice squad.

The safety started 79 of the 99 games he played from 2012 to 2018, recording nine interceptions, nine tackles for loss and 32 passes defensed.

Iloka is reuniting with Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer for a third time. He first played for Zimmer in Cincinnati from 2012-13. After six seasons with the Bengals, Iloka signed with the Vikings in 2018. He appeared in all 16 games and made three starts for Minnesota.

In 2019, Iloka signed with Dallas and spent the preseason with the Cowboys, but he was released during roster reductions.

After Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris were the only safeties kept by Minnesota during their roster reductions for 2020, there have been questions about adding depth at the post.

New rules for 2020 enable teams to call-up players from their practice squads on game day, and Minnesota activated Nate Meadors for Week 1.