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Roster cuts start for Vikings, key dates

The Minnesota Vikings are starting the process of getting down to 53 plays by Saturday’s 3 p.m. Central deadline.

The Minnesota Vikings are working their way down from 75 players to the NFL-mandated 53 players by the 3 p.m. Central Saturday deadline.

Cuts are coming in from various sources and we’ll track them here until they are down to 53 players. Even after they reach 53 players, there is a good possibility players that were released from other teams could be added, especially at a position like offensive line, where the Vikings’ depth is relatively inexperienced.

Other key dates are listed below the list of players reportedly being released, some of which we've confirmed or first reported.




Regarding other former Vikings, the New England Patriots have signed former Vikings CB Justin Coleman. The undrafted rookie was released in the roster cutdown to 75 players earlier this week. The Patriots also waived WR DaVaris Daniels, who was also with the Vikings this offseason. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Larry Dean, who was with the Vikings before the Mike Zimmer era.



Sept. 5: Prior to 3 p.m. CT, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list.

Sept. 5: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of active/physically unable to perform or active/non-football injury or illness must select one of the following options:  place player on reserve/physically unable to perform or reserve/non-football injury or illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the active list.

Sept. 6: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 11 a.m. CT.

Sept. 6: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately noon CT, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

Sept. 6: After 3 p.m. CT, a club is permitted to place a player on reserve/injured as “Designated for Return.”


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