Vikings Tweak Roster, Sign LB Xavier Adibi

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 4, 2011 – 5:35 pm

The Vikings on Sunday tweaked their roster by signing LB Xavier Adibi, a 4th-year player who was most recently with the Houston Texans. To make room for Adibi, the Vikings waived TE Allen Reisner.

Adibi, who measures in at 6-4, 242 pounds, was drafted by the Texans in the 4th round (#118 overall) of the 2008 NFL draft out of Virginia Tech. Houston employs a 3-4 defensive scheme, so it’s hard to compare what his role was in that defense to what it will be in the Vikings scheme. But watch for Adibi to backup Vikings middle LB E.J. Henderson. It wouldn’t be surprising, though, to see Adibi train at outside LB and also on special teams.

A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Adibi has appeared in 34 games through 3 NFL seasons and he’s registered 68 tackles and also 2 forced fumbles (according to

No other roster moves or announcements are expected on Sunday.

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43 Responses to “Vikings Tweak Roster, Sign LB Xavier Adibi”

  1. By Jared on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good pick up, nothing amazing but a good special teamer and a solid back up for ej who has a habit of missing time

  2. By guiliano on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    adibi is a solid LB he will do great!

  3. By Rory on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Really hope Reisner gets on the practice squad. He’s got talent. We could still use another LB because other than Adibi we have no NFL experience in our backups.

  4. By snags on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    nice pick up. I have total faith in this coaching staff

  5. By Thomas A. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I am sure Reisner will make the practice squad and will make an impact next year!! Nice to see Adibi join our linebacker corp, he seems like a solid player!

  6. By Jesse S. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Just to clarify, Adibi played for Houston for the last 4 years, all in a 4-3 defense. It should be very easy to project him into Minnesota’s defense. He has never played in a 3-4 defense as a pro until this preseason. Houston is switching to a 3-4 for the first time this year. Mike, that is something you should have researched before posting.

  7. By brandon on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    texans just switched to 3-4 this year hes a 4-3 mlb.

  8. By ant on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good pick up. But I think we need to get more solid at the safety spot

  9. By shukin on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Purple people eaters….Bauln….Phaloooon

  10. By Mike R. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    To anyone…

    Is there a certain time when the cut players from other teams can be signed to other teams PS?

  11. By Erik the Red on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, go Virginia Tech, hokie hokie hokie hi! sorry, couldn’t help myself, from VA

  12. By Mike R. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply


  13. By daniel on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I like this pick. Guy has some speed off the edge too. This guy is going to push Erin. He was a great rusher off the edge in collage. We have some big time speed guys off the edge. I take it the vikes plan is to press the QBs. And our CBs to be just avg. I like CEDRIC this year. I hope he locks it down. Love our DEs speed/ strength guys this year. Go Vikes.

  14. By Be Sane and Serious on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Jesse– don’t jump on Mike — I am a professional writer and everyone on here gang tackles me when I point out the ——– on this site. See, I won’t even give breath to it.

  15. By Titus on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome back Be Sane and Serious!!! So glad to see some sanity restored around here!

  16. By RWF1984 on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Actually Mike wasn’t the only one that made that mistake with Adibi. I read this pick up from other sites and it said the same thing. Maybe he got cut because maybe he didn’t fit into the 3-4 (even though I would like the Vikings to to change to personally, tired of this cover 2 defense seems like it hasn’t really worked since Bucs won the SB IMO). I know they have great games here and there, but it seems a 3-4 defense works better and I am kind of tired to see the pass defense get ripped by some unknown QB’s basically. Hopefully I am wrong and would like to see a bend but don’t break defense rather than a QB always finding the holes in the zone and against Rogers it seems frightening IMO! It is sad to see the replay tonight because they showed part of the Packers Americas Dream with Rogers stating his draft day and hearing Troy Williamson and Erasmus James called before Rogers is kind of upsetting and I know at that time the Vikings had high hopes for Culpepper!

  17. By Be Sane and Serious on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Titus, old friend. I have occasionally come on the blog to read your insightful posts to illuminate my football intelligence.

  18. By Titus on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hope you can join the fun BSAS.

  19. By VegasVike on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I try and let it go

  20. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Titus/BSAS…….will your next username be Sybil?

  21. By Be Sane and Serious on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Titus- I plan to jump in on game day once in a while. Nova! Long time!

  22. By Justin F on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Is this new player any good?

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    BSAS, you really should borrow some of Titus’ meds.

  24. By Mike R. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Justin F!

    I was looking into that earlier tonite. Seems like if LB don’t have backup that have some experience.

  25. By Mike R. on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    He had experience but Texans were switching defense….so…..

  26. By Rocksalt on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    HAHA Good one Nova-
    Be sane the emperor Titus, or whatever you chose to call yourself…….you need to take your meds, as Nova said…….

  27. By likejoeybrowner on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I live in Roanoke Va…I watched Adibi at Va Tech….when he was drafted I prayed for the Vikings to draft him….my/our prayers hhave been answered….Adibi is a super talent that has been plagued with a few unfortunate injuries…he will replace Erin before week 5 and will eventually become a pro-bowler under Singletary!

  28. By laporte on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    What are Mike Singletary’s responsibilities?

  29. By likejoeybrowner on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Singletary is the linebacker coach/ asst. to Frazier

  30. By Jim Zieglowsky on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I am afraid that another team is going to pick up Reisner. This kid is going to make an excellent pro TE. He fits into the mold of TE’s coming out of Iowa – see Dallas Clark & Tony Moeaki. I certainly hope he can survive and make it to our practice squad or some day we will admit to the mistake of letting him go……..

  31. By Chaz on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Amazing pick up! That is exciting.

  32. By Carl K on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    After cutting Reisner, that only leaves us with 3 TE and 0 FB. I hope we can hide Allen on the practice squad.

  33. By Don on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    so are weakest position on the team(Safety) gets no adds to it huh.. Ok I know we can’t go pick up a guy but if we cut BB & Johnson (safety)..we could both are not what they are hyped to be..

  34. By CA Norwegian on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I wish they would sign guys with easier names… XA OK?

  35. By Seth on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Dang i really like Allen Reisner he was awesome when he was playing for the hawkeyes, i have a bad feeling that they are gonna regret letting him go

  36. By Frederick Jones on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Perhaps the Vikings are getting ready to the WebbCat.

    No fullbacks, no tight ends, only linemen, wrs, and a QB.

  37. By Doug M on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    get lance briggs from bears

  38. By DRXXXTASY on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikes still have a fullback…… Jim K is a FB/TE or did you guys forget that…. Also, Jeff D plays that role occasionally as well. We will also be in 3 TE sets often, so the FB wont be necessary.

  39. By Angelo on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    I went to High School with Adibi in Hampton VA (Phoebus High School) Where he won 2 State titles class of 03.Look it up Not Stillwater OK. Get the bio right. SMH

  40. By 61vikings on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    What Mike Singletary wants, Mike Singletary gets!! It’s obvious he liked what he saw when the Vikes played the Texans’!! One down, one to go!! Now that Chad Greenway is signed, let’s ink AP to a long term deal!! Go Vikes!!

  41. By vikefan1969 on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    Think Jess has the answer from 4-3 to 3-4…he looks like good depth for now…as for TE Reisner not sure that he is not like many TE’s that can be p/u with no NFL experince, I could see them maybe looking to add more of a blocking TE like JimmyK for rotation …those are much harder to find…including one with decent pass catching skills.

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