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Minnesota Vikings Promote Joe Banyard, Release Zach Line

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In the wake of everything that has gone on with Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings have added to their running back depth.

The team has promoted running back Joe Banyard from the practice squad. In order to put him on the 53-man roster, the team released fullback Zach Line.

Banyard was the Vikings' leading rusher in the pre-season, rushing for 212 yards on 36 carries. He has spent a couple of years with the Vikings, spending time on both the practice squad and the active roster. His regular season stats for the Vikings consist of an 11-yard reception.

Line was in the precarious position of being the second fullback on a team that doesn't appear to use the fullback all that much. He made the roster out of training camp, and was inactive for the Vikings' season opener against the St. Louis Rams.

It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do with the running back situation in Peterson's absence. It could be the start of something we're going to have to get used to going forward.