The Vikings added some needed experience to their linebacker corps Tuesday by signing nine-year veteran Jason Trusnik, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.
To make room on the roster, Minnesota placed linebacker Audie Cole on season-ending injured reserve. Cole suffered a fractured right ankle in Sunday’s 21-18 overtime victory over St. Louis.
Before signing Trusnik, waived just before the start of the season by Carolina, 10-year man Chad Greenway was the only Vikings linebacker with more than two years experience. Others on the roster are second-year men Anthony Barr and Brandon Watts and rookies Eric Kendricks and Edmond Robinson.
Trusnik, 31, has played in 109 career NFL games, including 24 starts, with the New York Jets, Cleveland and Miami and was with Carolina or training camp this summer.
During the 2012-13 seasons, when the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Trusnik was with the Dolphins, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was his position coach.