Koren Robinson Cut, But Should Return

In what was a quiet move made late Saturday, the Vikings removed Koren Robinson from the 53-man roster in order to assure the team won't be on the hook for his entire salary if things go unexpectedly wrong with his trial this week.

Koren Robinson has a court date set for Wednesday of this week. Because of the uncertainty of what could come of that, the Vikings made a surprise move late Saturday -- effectively releasing Robinson and removing him from the 53-man roster.

The move was made with Robinson's knowledge and he is expected to be re-signed Tuesday if he clears waivers. The difference in the release and re-sign move is that, if Robinson had been on the roster for Week 1, the Vikings would have been liable for his entire $540,000 salary in 2005. After Week 1, any vesterd veteran that is signed and subsequently released is paid a pro-rated share of his contract.

The team is expected to re-sign Robinson after tonight's game concludes Week 1 of the regular season ... as long as he clears waivers, which was the risk in releasing him.

* Despite continual denials over the last several months, the Vikings employed a 3-4 defensive alignment often during Sunday's game and it may become more of a staple of the defense if the linebacker play for the Vikings improves.
* Rookie Marcus Johnson became the first rookie O-lineman since Todd Steussie to start as a rookie, but was benched in the second half after being overwhelmed by the Bucs defensive front.
* The Vikings' record in games in which Michael Bennett has five or more carries dropped to a dismal 15-31 Sunday, drawing some to conclude that, if Mike Tice doesn't save his job this season, his commitment to Bennett could be partially to blame.
* Rookie Erasmus James was among the players deactivated Sunday.
* Ralph Brown replaced Brian Williams in the nickel situations at cornerback after Williams, who was burned much of the preseason, was scorched a couple of times in the first half Sunday.
* Daunte Culpepper tied a personal record Sunday with five turnovers on offense, which he last did in a 2003 loss to the then-hapless Oakland Raiders.
* Culpepper also saw a streak of 21 straight games with at least one TD snapped as well.

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