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The Minnesota Vikings have signed long snapper Matt Katula to replace the injured Cullen Loeffler.
The Vikings signed Katula on Tuesday, two days after Loeffler was lost for two to six weeks with a broken bone in his lower back. Loeffler was injured after a hit while covering a punt in the loss at Atlanta on Sunday.
Katula spent five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and played last season with the New England Patriots.
The Vikings made the move so they didn't have to use star defensive end Jared Allen in the role and expose him to more risk of injury. Allen stepped in on Sunday against the Falcons and performed well in emergency duty.
The Vikings host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
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Minnesota Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler will miss two to six weeks with a back injury.
Loeffler broke a bone in his lower back during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Defensive end Jared Allen is the backup long snapper but the team does not want to use him in that role fulltime.
Coach Leslie Frazier said safety Tyrell Johnson has a right hamstring injury and wide...
Chris Kluwe is not a happy man today. It’s not just because the Vikings lost (again), it’s because one of his best buds on the team was, in his estimation, cheap-shotted by an Atlanta Falcons special teamer. The play that has Kluwe’s underwear in a bunch happened early in the second quarter on a punt. Long-snapper Cullen Loeffler appeared to be well away from the ball carrier...
The Minnesota Vikings placed four players on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday.
Wide receiver Michael Jenkins, long snapper Cullen Loeffler, and safeties Husain Abdullah and Tyrell Johnson were all lost due to injuries.
Jenkins has a knee injury, Loeffler broke a bone in his back, Abdullah suffered a concussion and Johnson has a right hamstring strain.
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says long-snapper Cullen Loeffler will miss two to six weeks with a back injury suffered in the loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
[youtube]L_WfsHpibas[/youtube]Everyone's favorite Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took to the Twitter-sphere this week to share his thoughts on what eventually led to the Vikings putting Cullen Loeffler on injured reserve, and the signing of something called a Matt Katula to take over for long snapping duties. The reason for all of this is in the video you see above where...
Four starters -- Michael Jenkins, Cullen Loeffler, Husain Abdullah and Tyrell Johnson -- were placed on injured reserve.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe called out a hit that likely ended Cullen Loeffler’s season. It may have been legal, but was it a cheapshot? Kluwe tweets, Loeffler speaks on the topic.
Jared Allen was called into duty as the emergency long snapper Sunday in the Vikings' 24-14 loss to the Falcons when veteran Cullen Loeffler suffered a back injury in the first half.
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