Vikings release QB Kafka, roster at 75

The Minnesota Vikings got down to the mandated 75-man roster with the release of the QB.

After Taylor Heinicke’s impressive performance Saturday night, quarterback Mike Kafka was waived/injured on Tuesday by the Minnesota Vikings.

The move puts the Vikings at the mandated roster limit of 75 players in advance of Tuesday’s 3 p.m. Central deadline.

Kafka had by far the fewest attempts of any Vikings quarterback this preseason, completing 9 of 13 passes for 75 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Kafka was in a battle with Heinicke for the No. 3 quarterback spot behind starter Teddy Bridgewater and veteran backup Shaun Hill.

Bridgewater, Hill and Heinicke were all in the NFL’s top 25 for completion percentage this preseason. Bridgewater has completed 29 of 35 passes (82.9 percent) for 295 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions for a 111.3 rating.

Hill has completed 25 of 34 passes (73.5 percent) for 236 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 97.2 rating.

Heinicke, who should now get the bulk of the snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale at the Tennessee Titans, has completed 30 of 41 passes (73.2 percent) for 237 yards, no touchdowns and an interception for a 77.0 rating.

Kafka entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and spent two years there. He played in four games in 2011, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He joined the Vikings as a free agent on April 2 after spending time on the practice squad and active roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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