Bower, who got into seven games with the Vikings in 2017 and 2018, will provide depth on a defensive line to be without end Everson Griffen on Sunday at San Francisco. Griffen locked himself in his Minnetrista residence early Wednesday morning after posting a video, which has since been deleted, of him holding a semiautomatic pistol and after calling 911 about a possible intruder. Law enforcement and mental health officials went to the scene, did not find an intruder, and Griffen later emerged from his residence without incident.
The Vikings also have ruled out for Sunday defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, who was placed Tuesday on the COVID-19 reserve list. Tomlinson is unvaccinated and, if he tested positive, would have to quarantine for 10 days.
A source said Bower was at the airport on Wednesday preparing to fly to the Twin Cities to take part in Thursday’s practice.
Bower signed with the Vikings in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of LSU. He was expected to be in line for increased playing time before he suffered a torn Achilles during an offseason workout in 2019, and eventually was waived off the non-football injury list in October 2019. Bower returned to