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Updated: September 4th, 2011 8:03pm
Tight end Allen Reisner is waived in order to make room for linebacker

Tight end Allen Reisner is waived in order to make room for linebacker

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings created room for linebacker Xavier Adibi on their 53-man roster Sunday by releasing rookie tight end Allen Reisner.

Reisner, signed as an undrafted free agent from Iowa, had an impressive training camp and preseason, helping him land a spot as one of four tight ends on the roster that was announced Saturday.

But the Vikings had concerns about their depth at linebacker after keeping starters Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson and Erin Henderson, as well as backups Larry Dean and Kenny Onatolu.

Dean, like Reisner, was signed as an undrafted free agent this summer from Valdosta State, and Onatolu's primary role is on special teams. Another special-teams ace, Heath Farwell, was let go Saturday in final cuts.

Adibi, a fourth-round pick in 2008, was claimed off waivers from the Houston Texans.

Letting Reisner go leaves the Vikings with veterans Visanthe Shiancoe and Jim Kleinsasser and rookie Kyle Rudolph at tight end. The expectation was the Vikings might keep four players at that position because of how much offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will use multiple tight end sets.

Veteran Jeff Dugan was released Saturday and it appeared initially that Reisner would replace him.

The Vikings might not be done making changes to their roster. They still have 10 offensive linemen, including three centers, and there is no fullback on the team.

However, fullbacks Matt Asiata and Ryan D'Imperio are expected to land on the practice squad when that eight-man unit is announced by the team on Monday. Asiata and D'Imperio were with the Vikings in training camp.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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