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Chiefs sign former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah

2/18/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

After putting his NFL career on hold to fulfill religious obligations relating to his Islamic faith, former Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah is ready to start playing some football by signing a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.
 
Despite being listed among the top 25 safety in NFL by the Pro Football Focus during 2011, Husain Abdullah opted to take the 2012 season off to speak at mosques across the nation and make a pilgrimage to the Mecca along with brother Hamza Abdullah, who is also an NFL safety. Hamza Abdullah made 16 game appearances for the Arizona Cardinals (2009-2011). Both brothers became unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2011 season.
 
Although the Minnesota Vikings offered Husain Abdullah a contract extension early in the 2011 season, he turned down the offer so it won’t serve as a distraction during the season. However, Husain Abdullah ended up spending time on the injured reserve due to a series of concussions, and was only cleared by the end of the 2011 season. Husain Abdullah finished the 2011 campaign with 49 tackles, one sack while intercepting one pass.
 
Being signed as an undrafted agent out of Washington State by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008, Husain Abdullah remained a special teams contributor for the first two season, until he beat out Tyrell Johnson for the starting safety job in 2010 training camp. Over the next two seasons, Husain Abdullah started 26. Husain Abdullah has 162 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions, 11 passes defensed, six tackles-for-loss, two QB pressures and 49 special teams tackles in 54 career appearances for the Minnesota Vikings.
 
After four seasons as well as suffering multiple concussions between 2010 and 2011 Husain Abdullah was reportedly contemplating retirement due to health concerns.
 
The Minnesota Vikings filled the void by drafting safety Harrison Smith in the first round of last year’s draft, so they didn’t have much interest in bringing back Husain Abdullah next season.
 
The 27-year-old Husain Abdullah worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. And the Kansas City Chiefs, who seemingly need help all over the place, have little depth in their secondary beyond Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, who started safety for the Chiefs last season. Soon to be free agent veteran Abe Elam and rookie Tysyn Hartman also played at the position for the Kansas City Chiefs last season.
 
Husain Abdullah will be in the completion for the starting spot opposite Eric Berry.
 
The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 13th in the NFL in total defense and 21st against the pass last season.
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