There has been a long list of underdog NFL players who just needed an opportunity to prove their worth. At no position is that more true than quarterback. Kurt Warner was bagging groceries before the Rams gave him a call. Jeff Garcia spent a decade bouncing around the CFL and the Arena League before finding a home in San Francisco, and even the Vikings' Todd Bouman made the transition from being a middle-of-the-road Division II quarterback to being an NFL starter.
But there are also players who find a way to play themselves out of the league. Spergon Wynn was one of those players.
After a dismal performance vs. Baltimore to close out last season, Wynn's job seemed clearly in jeopardy. When he struggled in training camp, it became clear he was losing his No. 3 spot to Shaun Hill. On Wednesday, as the Vikings ended training camp, he was released.
Although athletically gifted, Wynn's erratic game play made him expendable. Coach Mike Tice said his release will give him more of an opportunity to latch on with another team, as well as give Hill more chances to work with the offense during the preseason games.
* Red McCombs took the offensive Thursday with a yet-to-be published story out of San Antonio that he is in the final process of selling the Vikings to the Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group for a figure lauded at being close to $1 billion. McCombs released a statement saying there is no truth to any reports saying the team has been sold or discussions are ongoing.
McCombs has been the subject of much local reporting about the potential sale of the Vikings, with one Twin Cities newspaper going on record time and again saying that the team will be sold within a month -- but the first time that was claimed was three months ago.
* In addition to Wynn, the Vikings also released WR Devin Lewis Wednesday.
* In a follow-up to a story earlier this week, Tice confirmed Wednesday that Michael Bennett and Doug Chapman won't play Friday vs. Buffalo and it's unlikely Moe Williams will either. James Wofford is slated to start with Jeremy Allen and David Allen serving as backups.
* TE O.J. Santiago will have an MRI on an injury to his right leg that included his foot, ankle and knee during Tuesday's passing scrimmage. VU has heard the best thing for Santiago might be to be deemed injured enough to be placed on injured reserve because he is likely to lose out to Matt Cercone as the fourth tight end on the 53-man roster.
* Willie Howard, who has been sidelined since a hideous leg injury sustained last December, is expected to see action vs. Buffalo.
* In bizarre former Viking news, the Dallas Cowboys still have the rights to Dimitrius Underwood, even though he is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation and faces sexual assault allegations from a California woman stemming from an incident reported last Oct. 7 when the Cowboys were playing in Oakland. Because he was placed on the non-football injury list, Dallas retains his rights and he doesn't count against the 53-man roster. If Dallas opts to keep him, as an exclusive rights free agent, he can be tendered an offer after the season and the Cowboys will retain his rights for the 2003 season. Dallas has no plans to activate him this year.
* In less bizarre former Viking news, CB Jimmy Hitchcock signed a one-year deal with New England Wednesday for the league veteran minimum.
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