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Updated: October 25th, 2011 2:28pm
Vikings confirm Bernard Berrian's release, promote Stephen Burton

Vikings confirm Bernard Berrian's release, promote Stephen Burton

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings promoted a receiver from their practice squad to replace Bernard Berrian -- but not the obvious choice.

The team confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Berrian has been waived and rookie Stephen Burton, not Emmanuel Arceneaux, has been elevated to the 53-man roster.

Burton, 21, was drafted in the seventh-round pick out of West Texas A&M as a height-weight-speed product. But he struggled badly in training camp, memorably batting down a pass in a Hail Mary drill, and was waived in the final round of cuts last month.

Arceneaux, 24, received a $75,000 signing bonus after two years as a standout in the Canadian Football League. He had an uphill battle to adjust to the NFL game following the lockout, though, and like Burton was added to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

The Vikings also announced they have terminated the practice-squad contract of end Cedric McKinley. That means there are now two open spots on the practice squad.

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