Vikings sign nose tackle Khyiris Tonga, waive linebacker Ryan Connelly

The Vikings signed nose tackle Khyiris Tonga on Wednesday, a day after they made the decision to pluck him off the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad.

To make room on the 53-man roster for Tonga, the Vikings waived linebacker Ryan Connelly a day after they activated him off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). It remains to be seen if Connelly, an Eden Prairie native, will be added to Minnesota’s practice squad if he clears waivers.

The  Vikings also signed safety Mike Brown to the practice squad and announced that wide receiver Blake Proehl has returned to practice while still being on the PUP list. Proehl, like Connelly, suffered a torn ACL last year.

Brown, an undrafted rookie, was with the Vikings from the spring to throughout the preseason before being waived. He will provide depth at safety in practice after Lewis Cine suffered a season-ending leg fracture in last Sunday’s 28-25 win over New Orleans and was placed Tuesday on injured reserve.

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