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Updated: September 3rd, 2011 10:08am
Veterans Heath Farwell, Jeff Dugan among cuts as Vikings reduce roster

Veterans Heath Farwell, Jeff Dugan among cuts as Vikings reduce roster

by Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings' competition at receiver is clarifying, they'll find their fullback elsewhere if they keep one at all and they're moving on without two veterans who have been role players for much of the past decade.

Receivers Emmanuel Arceneaux and Juaquin Iglesias and fullbacks Matt Asiata and Ryan D'Imperio have been told they will be waived, NFL sources said on Saturday, while special-teams standout Heath Farwell and backup tight end Jeff Dugan confirmed they have been released after a combined 11 seasons with the Vikings.

Other players let go, according to sources, included linebacker Ross Homan, halfback Alexander Robinson, cornerback Tony Carter and defensive linemen Cedric McKinley and Tremaine Johnson.

The Vikings released the complete list just after the 5 p.m. deadline. It included halfback Caleb King, receiver Stephen Burton, linebacker David Herron, cornerback Cord Parks and offensive linemen Ryan Cook, Chris DeGeare and Thomas Welch, plus the seven cuts revealed on Friday and the placement of linebacker Jasper Brinkley (hip surgery) on injured reserve.

Farwell, 29, was due $1.75 million in base salary this season -- a steep price for a special teamer on a Vikings team that had less cap space than any team in the NFL entering the weekend.

"It was a surprise however I understand the nature of the business!" Farwell said in a text. "I've loved and enjoyed my time here in Minnesota! Want to thank the organization and the Wilf family! However I'm looking forward to helping a new team win!"

Farwell signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State in 2005. He had 113 special-teams tackles over five seasons, missing 2008 with a major knee injury and returning to make the Pro Bowl in 2009.

"Bummer to see Heath Farwell get cut," punter Chris Kluwe wrote on Twitter. "Great special teamer, some other team is going to be lucky to get him."

Dugan, 30, was a seventh-round draft pick with the Vikings in 2004 and hung on the bottom of the roster for seven years.

"In the end," Dugan said, "the reaper is going to come for everybody (in the NFL), and it was just my time."

The cuts of Arceneaux and Iglesias, coupled with Friday's cut of Jaymar Johnson, means the Vikings are moving forward for now with Greg Camarillo and Devin Aromashodu as their fourth and fifth receivers.

D'Imperio, the former seventh-round pick, took the lion's share of first-team reps at fullback from the start of training camp. But he struggled in the preseason, doing little to secure a role the Vikings could choose to fill with H-backs instead.

Arceneaux, Asiata and D'Imperio were told they will be re-signed to the practice squad if no one claims them, sources said. Homan, a sixth-round pick out of Ohio State, and Robinson could be candidates for the practice squad as well.

Arceneaux, 23, received a $75,000 bonus to sign with the Vikings after two productive seasons in the Canadian Football League. But the adjustment to the American game proved difficult without the benefit of offseason practices, opportunities were hard to find and Arceneaux had only four catches in four preseason games.

After making seven cuts on Friday and learning that defensive tackle Kevin Williams will be suspended the first two games, the Vikings entered Saturday needing to make 19 more moves by the 5 p.m. deadline for trimming rosters to 53.

Waived or released on Friday were: Johnson, running back Tristan Davis, end David Akinniyi, guard Byron Isom, cornerback Devon Torrence, safety Ryan Hill and end Stylez G. White.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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