Notebook: Vikings Working the System

Before they even announced their waived players to get the roster down to the league-mandated 53 players, the Vikings were busy working out several players in an effort to improve their roster. Find out who they were working out and see how former Vikings around the league are faring. Plus, we know two veteran cuts the Vikings are making.

The Vikings finally gave concrete evidence of their constant search to upgrade the roster.

Earlier in the week, the team worked out wide receiver Derrick Hamilton, a free agent who had been released by the San Francisco 49ers.

Friday, the Vikings worked out another handful of prospects at wide receiver, as they try to recover from the Koren Robinson situation. One of them, Tood Pinkston, agreed to terms, but the team could add another one of those who worked out Friday.

There were no surprises with their interest in working out Pinkston, the former Eagles receiver who might still be recovering from an Achilles injury. Head coach Brad Childress said they would likely take a look at him.

But the Vikings were also diligent in working out several other prospects. Among them were Derrick Armstrong, who went to college at Arkansas-Monticello and was released by the Texans, Martin Nance (University of Miami, released by Buffalo), J.R. Russell (Louisville, who was with Tampa Bay last year and earlier this year), Craphonso Thorpe (Florida State, who was with the Chiefs last year and this off-season) and Taco Wallace (Kansas State, who has played with Seattle and Green Bay since 2003).

The Vikings could very well add any of those receivers to their corps immediately after they trim their roster below the 53-man limit.


Starting at 11 a.m. Central on Sunday, teams can establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 45-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued Season(s).

A player can't participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons. This is a change from the previous CBA. It was two seasons before.


The Vikings haven't announced their roster cuts as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but we do know they have released veteran offensive linemen Adam Goldberg and Chris Liwienski, both former starters for the Vikings.


Houston released former Vikings linebacker Sam Cowart, who was a defensive leader for Minnesota last year, and placed DE Earl Cochran, in camp with the Vikings last year, on waivers. The Texans also put former Vikings linebacker Kailee Wong on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Baltimore Ravens placed former Vikings kicker Aaron Elling on waivers, along with former Vikings punter Leo Araguz.

St. Louis reached an injury settlement with former Vikings draft pick Deandre Eiland.

New Orleans released linebacker Jay Foreman, the son of former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman.

Seattle reached an injury settlement with former Vikings receiver/returner Keenan Howry, allowing the Seahawks to release him.

Former Vikings punter Eddie Johnson was released by the Washington Redskins.

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