Northern Tops Early Cuts

When the Vikings opened training camp, Gabe Northern was listed as a starter. Monday, he became one of six salary cap casualties.

Gabe Northern was given the first shot as being the Vikings linebacker who replaced departed free agent Dwayne Rudd. He entered training camp as the starter and was hoping to fill the void left by the talented Rudd.

Instead, after struggling badly in his first two games of the preseason, Northern was one of six players cut Monday by the team.

Along with Northern, the team cut guard Oscar Comeaux, DT Tim Engelhardt, long snapper Mitch Palmer, WR Tyrone Sutherland and DE Antwone Young.

The release of Northern opens up the strongside linebacker spot once again. As of today, Lemanski Hall moves into the starting lineup with rookie Patrick Chukwuruh as his backup. Barring a pickup from another team, they will be the top two on the depth chart, but there is still the possibility of injured middle linebacker Craig Sauer moving over to strongside if his foot holds up.

* Kelci Stringer, the widow of Vikings tackle Korey Stringer, held a press conference Monday to say that she intends to continue looking into the causes of his death. She hasn't ruled out suing the NFL or the Vikings, because she believes there is a good chance that there was negligence on the part of the team's medical staff that contributed to Stringer's collapse and subsequent death three weeks ago today.
* On the dinged up running back front, fullback Harold Morrow has been fitted with a special shoulder pad that allows him to practice and he should be available for Friday's game vs. the Colts. Meanwhile, Moe Williams practiced Monday and should play Friday, but there are some questions about Doug Chapman. He is still sidelined with a thigh bruise and is questionable for Friday's game.
* Former Viking Dewayne Washington is still on the mend from sustaining a concussion when he took a knee to the head vs. the Vikings last week. He still isn't practicing and will miss the Steelers next preseason game. Four days after the incident, he is still complaining of headaches and has little tolerance to bright lights.

Viking Update Top Stories