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Updated: August 31st, 2010 12:13pm
Toby Gerhart returns to practice; Marko Mitchell, Bill Noethlich released

Toby Gerhart returns to practice; Marko Mitchell, Bill Noethlich released

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Running back Toby Gerhart returned to the practice field on Tuesday morning, as the Minnesota Vikings wrapped their practice week and moved toward the 75-man roster limit.

An NFL source confirmed the Vikings have waived receiver Marko Mitchell, who was claimed off waivers from Detroit on June 28 -- less than two months after the Lions claimed him off waivers from Washington.

Mitchell, 25, played in 10 games as a rookie last season with the Redskins and had a 71-yard touchdown grab in the Vikings' preseason opener at St. Louis on Aug. 14. But he struggled to pick up the offense, kept dropping on the depth chart and didn't have another catch in three exhibition games. 

Another candidate for waivers, undrafted rookie tackle Bill Noethlich, also was absent from pratice on Tuesday. An NFL source confirmed he's been waived as well.

After waiving/injured linebacker J Leman (turf toe) on Monday, the team entered the day with 76 players on the active roster. So, it's believed they already have complied in advance of Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline.

The big round of cuts come Saturday, when teams have to trim to 53.

Safety Jamarca Sanford and tight end Garrett Mills, who both practiced on Monday, were new additions to the Vikings' absent list on Tuesday.

Also absent were center John Sullivan (calf strain), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (unknown injury) and cornerback Chris Cook (knee). Receiver Logan Payne was present but limping noticeably as he jogged by himself on the sideline.

Gerhart, like Cook, had missed Monday's practice after sustaining an apparently minor knee injury in Saturday's preseason win against Seattle.

This was the Vikings' second and final full practice of the shortened week. They have a closed walkthrough on Wednesday and then wrap the preseason on Thursday night against Denver.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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