Vikings Add RB Stevan Ridley, Place Rookie Dalvin Cook on IR


The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent running back Stevan Ridley. Now, he'll join a backfield that includes Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, as the Vikings hope the 28-year-old can join a group to help them replace Cook's impact on their offense.

Stevan Ridley is signing with the Vikings today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Cook sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions.

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He is out for the season.

Ridley rushed 11 times for 51 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and a touchdown against Arizona.

Ridley is best known for this time with the New England Patriots, particularly during the 2012 season when he rushed for 1,263 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He has 2,914 career yards on 688 carries for three teams. He also spent time with the Colts and Lions previous year but never got into a game with them. Ridley was in training camp with Denver this year, but was released during the final cuts before the regular season. The Vikings brought in Ridley for a workout on Wednesday. If McKinnon can not go Monday night against the Bears for any reason, Ridley would end up the primary backup to starter Latavius Murray. McKinnon is now dealing with an ankle injury, which he suffered in Sunday's loss.