The Chiefs added an eighth street free agent to the off-season roster for 2013, adding S Husain Abdullah on Monday.
The 5th-year veteran is returning to the league after sitting out the 2012 season for religious reasons. A devout practitioner of Islam, Abdullah spent last fall making a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He was joined on the trip by an older brother Hamza, who has also played safety in the NFL.
Abdullah (6-0, 204 pounds) spent four seasons playing for the Minnesota Vikings, moving into the starting lineup in 2010 at strong safety and then over to free safety for the 2011 season. In 54 games and 24 starts, the California native totaled 167 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions. In four seasons, he also contributed 49 tackles in the kicking game.
In the 2010-11 seasons, Abdullah dealt with four concussions, including two in the span of 3 weeks.
He grew up in Pomona, California and was a three-year starter at Washington State.
Abdullah joins previous street free agents β OL Steven Baker, TE Kevin Brock, DL Marcus Dixon, DL Daniel Muir, OL Ryan Durand, WR Mardy Gilyard and WR Tyler Shoemaker.