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Vikings pick up former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray

MarQueis Gray is coming back to Minnesota to reunite with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Gray, the former University of Minnesota quarterback, announced Sunday the Vikings claimed him off waivers after being released by the Cleveland Browns.

 “It’s official. I’m a Viking!!” Gray tweeted. “I’m coming home. Thank you Lord!!”

Gray played fullback and tight end for the Browns this preseason and in 2013, when Turner was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator.

The Vikings figured to add a tight end after cutting Chase Ford and Allen Reisner Saturday to meet the NFL’s 53-man deadline.

Minnesota also claimed offensive tackle Mike Harris, who also played for Turner in 2012 with the San Diego Chargers.

To make room for Gray and Harris, the Vikings released linebacker Larry Dean and tackle Austin Wentworth.

Meanwhile, running back Joe Banyard — cut by the Vikings on Saturday — cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad.

Banyard was the team’s leading preseason rusher with 212 yards, including 111 on 18 first-half carries in Thursday’s preseason finale at Tennessee.

Banyard, a second-year man from Texas-El Paso, played primarily on the practice squad last year. He did get into three games, and had one catch for 11 yards.

The Vikings added Ford to the practice squad, along with seven other players: wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, offensive tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou.