TE John Davis Released

Still fighting a non-football related injury, the Vikings announced the release of tight end John Davis Wednesday, who had yet to be cleared to practice.

With the signing of Byron Chamberlain, John Davis knew he had his work cut out for him to hold on to the No. 2 spot at tight end as he was going to battle Andrew Jordan and Matt Cercone in training camp.

That fight came to an end Wednesday as the Vikings announced the release of Davis, who had yet to take part in practices. A week before the opening of training camp, Davis had been involved in a car accident that resulted in some serious facial cuts. The day before practices began at Minnesota State University, Vikings doctors refused to clear Davis to practice.

Although Davis' agent said he was ready to return, the Vikings told him that he had missed too much practice time already -- surprising since the team has only practiced twice in pads due to the death of Korey Stringer -- and that he wouldn't be able to catch up because he was so far behind.

The release moves Jordan to No. 2 on the depth chart and Cercone to No. 3 -- assuring that both will likely make the 2001 47-man roster.

THURSDAY NOTES
* For months, VU has been asking league officials about the status of cornerback Dale Carter, who became eligible to be reinstated by the league June 1, but delays kept prolonging the wait. Wednesday, VU learned that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has rejected Carter's bid for reinstatement. The source VU spoke with wouldn't elaborate on any specifics about the program Carter went through -- viewed as a must for reinstatement -- or the exact reasons Tagliabue denied his reinstatement request, but it looks like Carter may be out of the NFL the entire season. While he can file for reinstatement again at any time, there are some doubts if he will right away because it would likely be denied again unless he can meet some stipulations to change Tagliabue's mind.
* The Vikings are in San Antonio today for Saturday's preseason opener and, due to a foot injury to Moe Williams, Doug Chapman will get the start, but Dennis Green was quick to add that rookie Michael Bennett will get work with the first unit in the first quarter as well.

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