Minnesota Vikings Roster Cuts: No Big Surprises

By Brad Berreman
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The Minnesota Vikings released 13 players on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s league-wide deadline to have their roster down to 75 players.

The 13 players are as follows:

Quarterback James Vandenburg
Running back Bradley Randle
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson
Wide receiver Erik Highsmith
Wide receiver Chris Summers
Wide receiver LaMark Brown
Running back Jerodis Williams
Center Camden Wentz
Guard Tyler Holmes
Defensive end Marquis Jackson
Linebacker Stanford Keglar
Cornerback Roderick Williams
Cornerback Greg McCoy

The most recognizable name on the list is Lawrence Jackson, but he is not a defensive tackle and the Vikings likely wanted to keep some extra interior defensive line depth in the short-term with Kevin Williams and Sharrif Floyd both dealing with knee issues now.

Fullback Jerome Felton was suspended for the first three games of the regular season due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy on Monday, so the Vikings are down to 76 on the active list and will have to cut one more player before Tuesday afternoon. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, per a league source, that Felton’s suspension is related to the DUI he was charged with in June 2012, which qualified as a second offense due to a DWI conviction being on his record in the previous 10 years. In any case Saturday is the deadline for all 32 teams to be down to a final 53-man roster, and with their preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans coming on Thursday night some more notable names will be coming off Minnesota’s roster soon.

It’s possible some of the players released today find their way back to Minnesota and on the Vikings’ practice squad, with the most likely candidates being, in my opinion, Randle, Brown and Roderick Williams. It is worth noting that Summers and Holmes spent the 2012 season on the Vikings’ practice squad.

Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.


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