The Vikings got down to 54 players (the team received a two-week exemption for suspended DT Kevin Williams) and let go of some veterans along the way to getting to the roster limit.
Among those released were offensive linemen Ryan Cook, TE Jeff Dugan and special teams Pro Bowler Heath Farwell. 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 Jasper Brinkley 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 Tristan Davis, Caleb King and Alexander Robinson, FBs Ryan D'Imperio and Matt Asiata, guards Chris DeGeare and Byron Isom, tackles Thomas Welch, WRs Jaymar Johnson, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Juaquin Iglesias and Stephen Burton, DEs David Akinniyi, Stylez White and Cedric McKinley, DT Tremaine Johnson, LBs David Herron and Ross Homan, CBs Cord Parks, Tony Carter and Devon Torrence and safety Ryan Hill.
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 Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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