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Bills claim former Vikings DE Crichton off waivers

PHOENIX -- The Buffalo Bills added some much-needed depth at defensive end by claiming Scott Crichton off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings, The Buffalo News confirmed Monday.

The acquisition was first reported by ESPN's Field Yates reported Monday.

The Vikings released Crichton, who spent the past three seasons with them, on Friday. He gives the Bills a fourth defensive end, along with Jerry Hughes, Shaq Lawson, and Ryan Davis.

He was cut with an injury designation at end of last year's training camp. After clearing waivers, Crichton spent the 2016 season on the Vikings' injured-reserve list.

The former Oregon State standout joined the Vikings in 2014 as a third-round draft pick.

In 21 games during the 2014 and 2015 seasons (with no starts), Crichton was credited with only 10 tackles. Late in the 2015 season, he suffered a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals and was placed on IR four days later.

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