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  • Shamar Stephen: Let go by Vikings

    Stephen was released by the Vikings on Tuesday. Stephen has played six of his seven NFL seasons with the Vikings and has career totals of 173 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The 30-year-old interior defensive lineman will hope to latch on with another team in free agency.
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  • Vikings' Shamar Stephen: Notches 21 tackles

    Stephen recorded 21 tackles, a sack and three pass breakups over 15 regular-season games. After spending the 2018 campaign with Seattle, Stephen returned to the team that drafted him in 2014 and assumed a starting role alongside Linval Joseph. The 28-year-old Stephen is a valued run stopper and averaged 39.2 defensive snaps per game. He's under contract for two more years and should retain a regular role in Minnesota's line rotation in 2020.
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  • Vikings' Shamar Stephen: Trending in right direction

    Stephen (knee) said Tuesday that he expects to play in Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Stephen was listed as a full participant for Tuesday's practice estimation, serving as another good sign for his chances to suit up Saturday. The veteran sustained the injury during last week's game against the Saints but it appears that it won't keep him out of game action.
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  • Seahawks' Shamar Stephen: Posts 25 tackles in 2018

    Stephen made 25 tackles and two sacks in 2018. After playing four years with the Vikings, Stephen signed a one-year deal with Seattle before the 2018 campaign. He posted his lowest tackle total in a full season since his rookie year in 2014. Stephen will become an unrestricted free agent in March, and if he sticks with the Seahawks, he'll face substantial competition from Poona Ford for a starting role on the defensive line.
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  • Seahawks' Shamar Stephen: Inactive for Week 13

    Stephen (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Stephen appeared to have a real shot of suiting up Week 13, but will ultimately remain sidelined for Sunday's divisional tilt against the 49ers. Nazair Jones and Poona Ford will receive an uptick in defensive snaps in Stephen's absence.
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  • Vikings' Shamar Stephen: Will sit out Sunday

    Stephen (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC championship game at Philadelphia on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Stephen suffered a knee injury on Andrew Sendejo's first-quarter interception return this past Sunday and had to be carried off the field. He did not have to go back into the locker room to be evaluated, but the injury was serious enough to hold him out for the remainder of the game and for all of practice this week. With Stephen on the mend, it will be rookie Jaleel Johnson filling in at defensive tackle against Philadelphia's third-ranked rushing offense.
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  • Vikings make roster moves before Sunday's practice

    The Vikings announced a variety of roster moves before Sunday's first practice of training camp. The team placed linebacker Casey Matthews on the Reserve/Injured list with cornerback Josh Robinson being placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. Moreover, defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and wide receiver DaVaris Daniels were placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.
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  • Vikings sign draft picks

    The Vikings signed first-round defensive end Anthony Barr and seventh-round defensive tackle Shamar Stephen to rookie contracts. Barr's four-year deal includes a fifth-year option and a $7.6 million signing bonus.
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  • Vikings select Shamar Stephen in Round 7 of draft

    With the 220th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected defensive tackle Shamar Stephen from Connecticut. Stephen totaled 60 tackles, including 10 for loss. He also posted three sacks in 2013.
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