Live on cutdown day: Javon Walker, Rhys Lloyd, Garrett Mills among cuts
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After trading Sage Rosenfels and Darius Reynaud on Friday night for future draft picks, the Minnesota Vikings entered cutdown day with 73 players -- 20 over the limit they needed to reach by 5 p.m. Saturday.
The following is a running blog we'll update throughout the day as the Vikings' moves are revealed.
UPDATE, 11:20 a.m.: While other teams started making cuts on Friday, the Vikings had not begun meeting with players as of mid-morning Saturday, according to NFL sources.
UPDATE, 11:59 a.m.: Cuts are underway. The Vikings have waived cornerback DeAndre Wright, according to his agent. There are no immediate plans to bring back Wright on the practice squad. There is a growing buzz the Vikings may have a trade in the works to address their need for cornerback depth.
UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com reports the Vikings have released tight end Garrett Mills and are expected to waive running back Ian Johnson. Neither move is a surprise. Mills had run out of chances and Johnson was fourth on the depth chart even after Reynaud was dealt on Friday.
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Mills' agent confirmed his client has been released. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks reportedly have released receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whom the Vikings didn't try to acquire by trade but might be interested in at the right price as a free agent.
UPDATE, 1:04 p.m.: The Star Tribune reports the Vikings have waived fullback Ryan D'Imperio, the seventh-round draft pick. Again, no surprise there. It's believed the Vikings will try to re-sign him to the practice squad.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: An NFL source said the Vikings will cut WR Freddie Brown and re-sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Brown joined the Vikings during training camp after being cut by Cincinnati.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: The Vikings have waived DT Tremaine Johnson, who will be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers, his agent said.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Per the Star Tribune, the Vikings have waived rookie CB Marcus Sherels. The move isn't a surprise -- Sherels isn't ready to contribute -- but it leaves only three healthy cornerbacks on the roster: Antoine Winfield, Lito Sheppard and Asher Allen.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Word is the Vikings will keep center Jon Cooper. Rookie Chris DeGeare is locked into another backup spot -- both him and Cooper are candidates to start if John Sullivan (calf) isn't ready for Thursday's opener -- but it remains unclear if the Vikings will keep Ryan Cook or Patrick Brown for a likely eighth spot. A waiver claim or trade also are possibilities.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: The Vikings have waived rookie guard Thomas Austin, an NFL source said.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: And again per a league source, the Vikings have waived another offensive lineman: offensive tackle Chris Clark.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: An NFL source confirmed the Vikings have waived Ian Johnson. If you're scoring at home, that's nine moves down, 11 to go.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: As the Vikings sift through cornerbacks on the waiver wire, two names jump out. Tennesee cut Tye Hill, who visited the Vikings before signing with the Titans in March. And San Diego cut Nathan Vasher, who started 46 games in six seasons with the Chicago Bears before they cut him in March. Both are 28 years old and have battled injuries in recent seasons.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: The Vikings have waived rookie guard Adrian Battles, according to his agent. The Star Tribune reported the Vikings also have cut receiver Logan Payne and end Michael Montgomery. Payne rose on the depth chart in training camp, but the acquisition of slot receiver Greg Camarillo from Miami last week couple with bruised ribs knocked Payne out of the picture. He could return on the practice squad. Montgomery was signed off the street after getting cut by Green Bay and never rose from the third string.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: We have our first surprise -- kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd has been released, per the Star Tribune. Lloyd had two touchbacks in Thursday's exhibition finale, but that apparently wasn't enough to make up for his uninspiring performance earlier in the preseason. The New York Giants also made a play for Lloyd after Carolina nontendered him in March and could be interested in him on waivers. Barring another move, PK Ryan Longwell will return to handle all kicking duties, at least to start the season. If Longwell falters in three domed games and Lloyd still is available, the Vikings could bring him back after the bye week.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: It's officially down to Cook and Brown for the eighth offensive line spot. Per a league source, the Vikings have released tackle Drew Radovich, who was the second-stringer on the right side throughout camp and the preseason. Fourteen down, six to go. Receivers Taye Biddle and Marquis Hamilton are likely to be among those final cuts, but nothing is official yet.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Another mild surprise -- the Vikings have released veteran receiver Javon Walker, the Star Tribune reports. Walker, 31, had a touchdown in each of his preseason appearances but also had a lot of rust to shake off in what amounted to a two-week audition. Biddle may stick for at least another day after all.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Citing a source, Fox 6 in Milwaukee reported the Vikings already have signed Houshmandzadeh, but the Star Tribune quickly debunked the report. Houshmandzadeh's agent, Kennard McGuire, did not immediately return messages.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: The Vikings revealed the remaining cuts on their Web site -- S Colt Anderson, WR Taye Biddle, OT Patrick Brown, WR Marquis Hamilton and LB Nate Triplett. They cut 20, which indicates CB Cedric Griffin has been activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The 53-man roster is right here.