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Updated: July 30th, 2012 10:27am
Vikings waive Nick Taylor, sign Chris Stroud while Josh Robinson heals

Vikings waive Nick Taylor, sign Chris Stroud while Josh Robinson heals

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Nick Taylor's longshot bid to make the Minnesota Vikings' roster didn't even last one full practice.

The Vikings placed the former college basketball player-turned-cornerback on injury waivers on Monday, three days after Taylor tore the labrum in one of his shoulders in the first practice of training camp.

"It's going to require surgery, major surgery," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "So, it's going to take him out for a while -- at least three to four months maybe."

Because he's a rookie, Taylor had to be waived before the Vikings could release him with an injury settlement or place him on injured reserve.

He has a "split" in his contract that cuts his salary from $390,000 to $273,000 if he gets hurt, and Taylor -- who didn't receive a signing bonus on the three-year deal he signed after a tryout in March -- now will collect a good portion, if not all of that money.

To replace him, the Vikings signed another cornerback, Chris Stroud, a rookie from Webber International who participated in the team's "call of the wild" tryout at the rookie minicamp in May.

"He did a pretty good job in that three days -- we just didn't have enough room for him," Frazier said. "So, wanted to bring him back and see what kind of condition he was in, and he showed well in that workout we put him through a couple days ago."

The Vikings had been short at corner without Taylor and third-round draft pick Josh Robinson, who tweaked a hamstring in the same Friday practice and remains day-to-day, Frazier said.

"He's making progress," Frazier said of Robinson. "We'll still kind of take it day to day, just see where he is, but he's not quite ready to get back in the mix with the rest of the players yet."

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In this story: Leslie Frazier, Josh Robinson