In order to make room on the roster for wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who’s returning from a three-week suspension, the Minnesota Vikings have waived tight end Allen Reisner.
The Vikings were granted a roster exemption for Simpson while he served his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The team had until 3 p.m. Thursday to open up a spot for Simpson, and did so by severing ties with their fourth-string tight end.
Reisner, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa, spent last season bouncing back and forth between the Vikings’ active roster and practice squad. Throughout the 2011 campaign, he saw the field during six games and managed one reception for five yards.
Through the first three games of the 2012 season, Reisner has seen the field each weekend but has failed to notch a single catch. Most of his action has been seen on special teams while serving as a backup to Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson and Rhett Ellison.
It’s worth noting that, with the addition of Simpson, the Vikings will now have six wide receivers on the active roster.
Among the other pass-catching options are Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton and Jarius Wright. With Simpson back in the mix, it’s expected that Jenkins and Aromashodu will see less time at “X” receiver while Harvin is allowed more opportunities to exploit defenses out of the slot.
The offense has been struggling without Simpson’s field-stretching speed. However, now that quarterback Christian Ponder has a legitimate deep threat to work with, the passing attack should open up significantly for the Vikings.