EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann on Monday after putting versatile backup lineman Aviante Collins on injured reserve.
Collins was projected to be a top backup for Minnesota after he received time at guard and tackle in the preseason. An elbow injury in practice ended his season.
“Well, AC’s a good football player," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday about the team's offensive line depth. "We’re going to miss him. But we’re going to continue to build depth, we’re going to continue to push, and I think (rookie right tackle Brian) O’Neill’s getting better, yes.’’
Witzmann, 28, is in his third NFL season after going undrafted out of South Dakota State. Witzmann, 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, started 13 games last season at left guard for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City had claimed Witzmann off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. Witzmann, a New Brighton, Minn. native, has also spent time with the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints but did not appear in any games.
The Vikings were left with just Danny Isidora and O’Neill as backup linemen during Sunday’s 24-16 win against the San Francisco 49ers with Collins and center Pat Elflein inactive. Minnesota has center Cornelius Edison, guard Colby Gossett and tackle Storm Norton on the practice squad.
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