The Vikings will announce later today who their 22 released players will be, but here is the list of players that have been released. There are several veterans and a couple of potential surprises. They are S Greg Blue, CB Patrick Body, DT Conrad Bolston, WR Jason Carterm, C Kyle Cook, CB Dovonte Edwards, RB Ciatrick Fason, DT Howard Green, LB George Hall, WR Cortez Hankton, LB David Herron, CB Chad Johnson, C Norm Katnik, OT Jimmy Martin, WR Billy McMullen, WR Martin Nance, TE Richard Owens, RB Artose Pinner, TE Richard Spach, DE Khreem Smith, QB Tyler Thigpen and WR Chandler Williams.
Of those players, Thigpen is assured to be brought back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Because of his time in the league, Pinner automatically became a free agent and isn't subject to waiver clearing and could be claimed immediately by any team.
With the cuts, here is how the Vikings 53-man roster shakes out:
Quarterbacks -- Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger.
Running Backs -- Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, Mewelde Moore.
Fullbacks -- Tony Richardson, Jeff Dugan, Naufahu Tahi.
Wide Receivers -- Troy Williamson, Sidney Rice, Bobby Wade, Robert Ferguson, Aundrae Allison.
Tight Ends -- Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser.
Offensive Linemen – Matt Birk, Bryant McKinnie, Steve Hutchinson, Ryan Cook, Artis Hicks, Anthony Herrera, Marcus Johnson, Brian Daniels, Chase Johnson.
Defensive Linemen -- Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, Kenechi Udeze, Erasmus James, Darrion Scott, Ray Edwards, Spencer Johnson, Brian Robison, Fred Evans, Jayme Mitchell.
Linebackers – E.J. Henderson, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Dontarrious Thomas, Heath Farwell, Vinny Ciuciu.
Cornerbacks -- Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Marcus McCauley, Ronyell Whitaker, Charles Gordon.
Safeties -- Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith, Mike Doss, Tank Williams.
Specialists -- K Ryan Longwell, P Chris Kluwe, LS Cullen Loeffler.
Chief among those surprises is running back Artose Pinner, safety Greg Blue and cornerback Dovonte Edwards. All have made significant contributions over the last two years.
Pinner rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns last season against his former team, the Detroit Lions, when starter Chester Taylor was out with injury. The move leaves the team with three pure running backs -- Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor and Mewelde Moore. They also have three fullbacks -- Tony RIchardson, Jeff Dugan (who could also double as a tight end) and Naufahu Tahi.
Blue started two games last year in place of safety Dwight Smith, who was held out fo disciplinary reasons. And Edwards played in the Vikings' nickel defense in 2005 before spending 2006 on injured reserve; however, he was expected to be in on the team's dime defense (six defensive backs) this year. Instead, that role could fall to second-year pro Charles Gordon, Ronyell Whitaker or one of the safeties, including possibly Smith, who played some nickel cornerback while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Vikings also have only two active tight ends on the roster after the release of Richard Owens and Stephen Spach, but they could look to sign players released from other teams to help make up for a lack of depth at some of their positions.
Not among the cuts were safeties Mike Doss and Tank Williams, both veterans that have struggled with injuries this preseason.
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