Seven Down, Six To Go

The Vikings released seven players Monday and need to drop six more today to get down to the NFL's mandated roster limit.

The Brock Lesnar era was marked by concern that he might not be legitimate at first, but ended with a hug and a promise.

Lesnar was one of seven players cut Monday by the Vikings. Six more players need to be released before 3 p.m. today to get the Vikings roster down to 65 players. While VU has been told that the team has little intention of keeping Lesnar on the practice squad this year, the option was left open to re-sign Lesnar in the spring and allocate him to NFL Europe -- which had been the team's plan from the start.

Others who got the call from the Turk Monday include kicker Dan Orner, WR Omar Jenkins, CB Reggie Austin, guard Brandon Newton, tackle Alan Reuber and LB Merrill Robertson.

* Mike Tice officially named Moe Williams as the starting running back for the season opener vs. the Cowboys. Michael Bennett is targeting the Week 2 matchup at Philadelphia for his return.
* Is there trouble in paradise between the Vikings and WR Marcus Robinson? Robinson, who lost his starting job after missing time with a hamstring injury once described by Tice as "very, very, very minor," was seen in the press box during the Vikings-49ers game last weekend and wasn't happy about it. He won't make the trip to Seattle for Thursday's preseason finale.
* Bennett, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and safety Tyrone Carter also won't be making the trip to Seattle.
* Final attendance numbers for the training camp practices and scrimmages was announced at 71,738 -- far exceeding the projections of between 30,000 and 50,000, providing a further sign that the support of fans for the Vikings is showing no signs of slowing down.

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