The Vikings, who placed running back Dalvin Cook on injured reserve this morning, have a new back they hope will help fill the void in their running game left by Cook's absence.
The 28-year-old was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2011 and enjoyed his best season in 2012, when he had 290 carries for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The team announced on its website Thursday that it has signed Stevan Ridley. The team's depth at running back was such that Ridley - the last one to join the group - was the odd man out.
Ridley hasn't had a meaningful statistical season since he tore his ACL in 2014, and the Vikings will be the fourth organization he's been associated with since leaving New England.
Minnesota likely won't feature a running back the way it did with Cook, who had 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns before he went down in Week 4.
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Ridley spent training camp and the preseason with the Denver Broncos, but he was released just prior to the start of the regular season.
Ridley is a former 1,000 yard running back in the National Football League, and has played in some huge games.
Cook will be replaced in the lineup by Latavius Murray for Monday's game at Chicago.
Ridley may not be the savior of the Vikings' season offensively, but he's a solid veteran pickup at this point.