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Vikings sign former Gophers linebacker

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings added a linebacker -- and a player who might be a familiar name to people in Minnesota -- to their roster on Tuesday.

They signed former University of Minnesota linebacker Simoni Lawrence, who played the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League. Lawrence was last with a NFL team in 2011, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut him during training camp. He spent 2011 playing for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

The 6-foot-1 linebacker had 52 tackles and three interceptions in 2013 for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He has never been elevated above a team's practice squad, and would seem like a long shot to do more than that with the Vikings -- players signed this time of year are typically added to fill out rosters for OTAs, minicamps and training camp -- but if Lawrence can make it, he'd have another chance to play at the university's TCF Bank Stadium.