Vikings trim roster; one more move needed

The Vikings released more a dozen players Monday and activated TE Chase Ford from the PUP list.

Among a series of roster moves made Monday morning, the Vikings waived safety Mistral Raymond with an injury designation and activated tight end Chase Ford (foot) from the physically unable to perform list.

In addition to Raymond, the Vikings released S Brandan Bishop, T Pierce Burton, CB Derek Cox, WR Andy Cruse, WR Kamar Jorden, WR Erik Lora, T Kevin Murphy, DT Kheeston Randall, DE Tyler Scott, DE Jake Snyder, TE Kory Sperry, CB Robert Steeples and WR Ty Walker.

“It’s always a tough time because these guys came, they busted their rear ends and they did everything we asked them to do,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “So hopefully we’ll be able to get a couple of them back.”

The Vikings are required to get down to the mandatory roster maximum of 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, and they released 14 players. That means one more move is needed by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline. That could come in the form of a release or a trade.

“We are looking at everything, honestly,” Zimmer said. “Some of it was the game this week, it’s a short week, the injuries that we have, trying to figure out exactly who we need to have for the game and we’re always looking for the possibility of trades, possibility of getting more players in here. I talk to the team all the time, we’re not competing against the six receivers, we’re competing against every receiver in the NFL and the Canadian Football League and wherever we can find guys. However, we can put the best football team together for this organization, we’re going to do it.”

This year, the NFL increased practice squad sizes from eight to 10 players and most of the players released Monday are eligible to return to the practice squad. That isn’t the case with perhaps the biggest surprise in the group, Cox, who was signed to a one-year contract after he was released by the San Diego Chargers. The Vikings have several young players at cornerback looking to make an impression, so getting them more time in the preseason finale might have been a priority.

The Vikings are required to trim the roster to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

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