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Minnesota Vikings Waive Melvin White

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We’re approaching the date where the Minnesota Vikings will have to reduce their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players, and it appears that the Vikings have gotten an early jump on that process.

Today, the team announced that they have released cornerback Melvin White. The move means that their roster now sits at 89 players.

White had signed a reserve/futures contract with the Vikings back in January. He had a pretty solid first couple of seasons with the Carolina Panthers to start his career, but was eventually released. He moved on to the St. Louis Rams and then to Minnesota. He had been hurt for the better part of this preseason, which isn’t a good thing for someone that was generally considered to be a longshot to make the roster in the first place.

Per NFL rules, teams must have their rosters down to 75 players by 3 PM Central time on 30 August, which is this coming Tuesday. The final cut down will happen on Saturday, 3 September, when teams will need to have their rosters down to 53 by 3 PM Central time. Teams can start establishing their practice squads on 4 September.