Here is a look at that initial roster, realizing that changes can be made in the coming hours and days as they comb the released players from other teams. The 10-man practice squad can be established after 11 a.m. Central on Sunday.
Kept: Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder.
RUNNING BACK (5)
Kept: Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon and fullbacks Jerome Felton and Zach Line.
Released: Joe Banyard, Dominique Williams.
WIDE RECEIVER (5)
Kept 5: Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright, Adam Thielen, Rodney Smith.
Released: Kain Colter, Donte Foster.
Suspended: Jerome Simpson for three games.
TIGHT END (2)
Kept: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison.
Released: Chase Ford, Allen Reisner.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
Kept: Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Joe Berger, Vladimir Ducasse, David Yankey, Austin Wentworth.
Released: Jeff Baca, Zac Kerin, Mike Remmers.
Injured reserve: Antonio Richardson (knee).
DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
Kept: Brian Robison, Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, Everson Griffen, Scott Crichton, Tom Johnson, Shamar Stephen, Corey Wootton.
Released: Chase Baker, Fred Evans, Isame Faciane, Justin Trattou.
Kept: Chad Greenway, Jasper Brinkley, Anthony Barr, Audie Cole, Larry Dean, Gerald Hodges, Michael Mauti, Brandon Watts.
Released: Justin Jackson, Mike Zimmer.
DEFENSIVE BACK (10)
Kept: Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn, Harrison Smith, Robert Blanton, Antone Exum, Shaun Prater, Jabari Price, Josh Robinson, Andrew Sendejo, Marcus Sherels.
Released: Kurt Coleman, Chris Crocker, Kendall James, Julian Posey.
Injured reserve: Jamarca Sanford.
Kept: Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke, Cullen Loeffler.
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