MINNEAPOLIS -- After a string of injuries, Vikings second-year defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo got a chance Saturday back at his familiar defensive end position against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Odenigbo, who's been practicing inside at defensive tackle, had two sacks and tied fellow backup lineman Jaleel Johnson with a team-high seven tackles.
Odenigbo celebrated his sacks on Saturday with a nod to 'Game of Thones' and writer George R.R. Martin. Odenigbo said he's been teased by teammate Brian Robison and proceeded to question Robison's choice of sack celebrations.
Ade Aruna was carted off during the game with what appeared to be a right knee injury. With Everson Griffen and Tashawn Bower not in uniform, that left little defensive end depth behind Saturday's starters, Danielle Hunter and Brian Robison.
Not wanting Hunter or Robison to get hurt in the preseason, Odenigbo got his chance back at defensive end and made the most of the opportunity.
"He's been good in the pass-rush game, especially inside," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He's a strong, tough guy, very heavy-handed. I think that's a good spot for him. When you can have swing guys, like today when we had so many guys go down, it's important. We'll have to think about that on game day."
Minnesota finished the game with Odenigbo, Stephen Weatherly and Jonathan Wynn at defensive end.