Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Andrew Sendejo (42) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 24-20. (AP Photo/John Amis)

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have claimed safety Andrew Sendejo off waivers from Philadelphia, bringing back a longtime piece of their secondary.

The move was made Wednesday, the day after Sendejo was released by the Eagles, for whom he played in all nine games this season. He had an interception against the Vikings on Oct. 13.

Sendejo spent eight seasons with the Vikings, first cracking the starting lineup in 2013 and accumulating 59 starts. The hard-hitting, oft-penalized 32-year-old will provide depth behind starters Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris and extensive special teams experience.

Rookie safety Marcus Epps was waived to make room on the roster for Sendejo, who went undrafted out of Rice in 2010 and debuted first with Dallas before signing with Minnesota in 2011.

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