Team keeps rookie Johnson on roster

Updated: December 18, 2003, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings signed punter Leo Araguz on Tuesday, but they decided to keep rookie Eddie Johnson on the roster despite his recent struggles.

Defensive lineman Cedric Killings, who has been inactive for all 14 games, was released.

Araguz, who was in training camp with Kansas City this year, hasn't punted in a regular-season game since he was with Detroit in 2001. He spent four seasons with Oakland from 1996-99.

Johnson, the Vikings' sixth-round draft pick out of Idaho State, is averaging 39.1 yards per punt - 15th in the NFC. He has mishandled a snap in each of the last three games, including a drop on Sunday against Chicago that led to a Bears field goal in a 13-10 defeat.

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