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Vikings cut to 54
Posted Sep 3, 2011
Veterans Ryan Cook, Heath Farwell and Jeff Dugan were among the 26 players trimmed from the Vikings roster this weekend to get down to the league mandated limit of 53 players -- or in the case of the Vikings 54.
The Vikings got down to 54 players (the team received a two-week exemption for suspended DT
) and let go of some veterans along the way to getting to the roster limit.
Among those released were offensive linemen
and special teams Pro Bowler
. While each of them was viewed as being on the bubble, perhaps the salaries for vested veterans played a role for the Vikings, who had the least amount of money under the 2011 salary cap of the NFL teams as of Friday.
In a related move, the team placed linebacker
on season-ending injured reserve to clear out another roster spot after he had season-ending hip surgery on Tuesday.
The players cut include RBs
, FBs Ryan D’Imperio and
, Stylez White and
Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said in a release that this is one of the worst days of the year for those who have to inform players they have been released.
“This is a difficult day every year because of the tough decisions that have to be made,” Spielman said. “We had a number of young players that made strong impressions throughout training camp and the preseason in practices and games. They earned a spot on our roster and we will count on them to contribute this season and help us accomplish our goals.”
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
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