Minnesota Vikings Release Final 53-Man Roster, Final Cuts

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The Minnesota Vikings have released their final 53-man roster and their final cuts. No word yet on practice squad announcements, which will be announced officially tomorrow

Per the Vikings official website, the Vikings have released their official roster sans suspended/injured players.

Quarterbacks (3)
Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Running Backs (4)
Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Matt Asiata, Zach Line

Wide Receivers (5)
Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright, Joe Webb

Tight Ends (3)
Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, Rhett Ellison

Offensive Linemen (8)
Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Jeff Baca, Joe Berger, Troy Kropog.

Defensive Linemen (9)
Brian Robison, Kevin Williams, Letroy Guion, Jared Allen, Everson Griffen, Sharrif Floyd, Fred Evans, Chase Baker, George Johnson

Linebackers (8)
Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, Desmond Bishop, Marvin Mitchell, Audie Cole, Larry Dean, Gerald Hodges, Mike Mauti

Defensive Backs (10)
Chris Cook, Josh Robinson, Xavier Rhodes, A.J. Jefferson, Marcus Sherels, Harrison Smith, Jamarca Sanford, Mistral Raymond, Andrew Sendejo, Robert Blanton

Kicker (1)
Blair Walsh

Punter (1)
Jeff Locke

Longsnapper (1)
Cullen Loeffler

Players Waived On Saturday (19)
TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, S Brandan Bishop, OL Travis Bond, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, DT Everett Dawkins, S Darius Eubanks, CB Bobby Felder, TE Chase Ford, OL Brandon Keith, DT Anthony McCloud, LB Tyrone McKenzie, OL Kevin Murphy, DT Spencer Nealy, DE D’Aundre Reed, WR Rodney Smith, WR Adam Thielen, DE Collins Ukwu.

Exempted from the roster are Christian Ballard, Jerome Felton, DeMarcus Love and Greg Childs. Ballard is exempted and is on the list for having left the squad voluntarily (we still don't know why). Felton and Love are suspended, Jerome Felton for a DUI and Love for violating the NFL's PED rules. Greg Childs is currently on PUP for his bilateral patellar tendon tear, which he sustained last year in training camp.

Seth Olsen was moved to IR for the concussion he sustained in the final preseason game.

Remember, this is not likely to be the roster on opening day—the Vikings will look to add talent through trades and signing players who have been waived or released. So a heavy corps of linebackers or light corps of cornerbacks shouldn't be too concerning.

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