EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings signed fullback Charles Stackhouse on Tuesday.

Stackhouse, a rookie starter for the New York Giants in 2002, was cut last week by the Giants after losing his job to Jim Finn. He drew the ire of coach Jim Fassel during a practice in August for throwing an errant punch at a teammate during a drill.

Rookie James Lynch was released by the Vikings to make room for Stackhouse.

Also, Minnesota made a change on its practice squad, signing cornerback Rhett Nelson _ a final cut by Arizona _ and releasing cornerback Horace Willis.

On Monday, the Vikings replaced wide receiver Ben Nelson with cornerback Jermaine Mays on the practice squad and released defensive tackle Colin Cole to make room for safety Ron Israel on the active roster.