Less than a month after joining the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Tori Gurley has been waived to make room for offensive tackle Troy Kropog.
Back in December, the Vikings offered to sign Gurley, an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, off of the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad and onto their active roster for the season’s final three games. The rookie declined, though, opting to take a raise and stay with a team still in the playoff picture.
Then, this preseason, Gurley joined the Vikings’ practice squad after failing to stick with the Packers. It didn’t take long for his stay in Minnesota to come to an end, though.
The Vikings already have five wide receivers on the active roster and will reinstate Jerome Simpson on Monday following the conclusion of his three-game suspension. Gurley was one of two receivers on the practice squad; Chris Summers is the other pass-catcher currently on the scout team.
With the addition of Kropog, the Vikings get an experienced offensive tackle who should provide depth along the line.
A Tulane product who measures in at 6’6’’, 308 pounds, Kropog was a fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans back in 2009. After being cut by the Titans last week, he was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and cut three days later. Throughout his three years in the NFL, Kropog has played in seven games, but never saw the field in enough games in a single season to lose his practice squad eligibility.
Kropog should immediately push for a spot on the active roster after he gets a grasp of the playbook. The Vikings don’t currently have any experienced tackles to provide depth behind starters Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt.
And the practice squad revolving door continues to spin for the Vikings…