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Vikings Finalize 53-Man Roster Before Opener

By Jeff Wald


NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Green Bay Packers 24 - Minnesota Vikings 10

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings finalized their 53-man roster over the weekend as their regular season opener is now less than a week away.

The Vikings open the regular season this Sunday at the Detroit Lions in a pivotal NFC North division match-up. It means some players realized their NFL dream this weekend, while others went home disappointed.

The Vikings released 19 players, claimed one off waivers, place one on injured reserve and another on the physically unable to perform list. Minnesota also signed seven players to its practice squad, leaving one more spot open.

The Vikings claimed offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb off waivers from the Chicago Bears. They also signed Joe Banyard, Travis Bond, Everett Dawkins, Chase Ford, Kevin Murphy, Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen to the practice squad.

Offensive lineman Seth Olsen placed on injured reserve after being carted off the field Thursday night with a head injury, and Greg Childs is on the PUP list after tearing the patellar tendons in both knees during the 2012 training camp. Jerome Felton and DeMarcus Love are suspended to start the season after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

In something of a surprise, Antoine Winfield decided to retire from the NFL this weekend after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. Former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers, was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and made their 53-man roster.

Here are the other players who were released by the Vikings over the weekend:
Colin Anderson
Brandan Bishop
Brandon Burton
Stephen Burton
Darius Eubanks
Bobby Felder
Brandon Keith
Anthony McCloud
Tyrone McKenzie
Kevin Murphy
Spencer Nealy
D’Aundre Reed
Collins Ukwu


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