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Vikings make Quentin Poling signing official, waive Tony Brooks-James

The linebacker is in the fold

Miami Dolphins training camp
I don’t know what Quentin Poling is doing in this picture, but let’s roll with it anyway, yeah?
Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

We passed along the news a couple of days ago that the Minnesota Vikings intended to sign linebacker Quentin Poling, and on Saturday the signing became official. Poling, who has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game, will compete for a spot on the linebacker depth chart, but in all likelihood will have to impress on special teams if he wants a spot on the Minnesota roster in 2020.

In order to make room for Poling on the roster to keep it at 80 players, the Vikings waived running back Tony Brooks-James. Brooks-James was signed to the Vikings’ practice squad late in the 2019 season and was not elevated to the active roster at any point.

As mentioned, with this move the Vikings’ roster remains at 80 players, with three still residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Those players are offensive lineman Tyler Higby, linebacker Cameron Smith, and offensive lineman Oli Udoh. Hopefully we’ll be hearing that they’ve been removed from the list in the relatively near future.