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Vikings: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

View the Vikings' official list of cuts here, where you can also access their 53-man roster as it stands now.

Biggest surprise: There were no shockers among the releases. Probably the biggest surprise was the release of receiver Martin Nance, who had a productive preseason. Ultimately, however, it was going to be hard for him to beat out Aundrae Allison or Robert Ferguson. Otherwise, there were some mild surprises among the players the Vikings kept - at least for now. Tight end Garrett Mills was a summer disappointment because of a leg injury but he remains one of four tight ends on the roster. The other surprise was safety Michael Boulware going on injured reserve. Boulware played in the preseason finale Thursday at Dallas and was not a part of the post-game injury report.

No-brainers: Quarterback Brooks Bollinger was destined to be a roster casualty as soon as the Vikings drafted John David Booty in the fifth round. Booty didn't have an impressive summer, but he would have had to fall on his face for the Vikings to keep Bollinger another year. Meanwhile, linebacker Rufus Alexander wasn't the same this summer as he attempted to return from major knee surgery.

What's next: Several young players made the final 53-man roster but could ultimately become practice squad material. By making them part of their initial roster, the Vikings will avoid exposing them to the first round of waivers. That list includes linebackers David Herron and Erin Henderson, as well as cornerback Husain Abdullah. They could be the first to go if the Vikings sign any veterans or make any waiver claims this weekend.

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Madieu Williams
Williams

We'll get you our daily Black and Blue roundup a bit later this morning, but this news out of Minnesota deserves its own post.

It appears safety Madieu Williams will miss an extended period of time due to a neck injury, according to the Star Tribune. Williams, who signed a six-year, $33 million contract as one of the Vikings' three major acquisitions during the offseason, won't play before the Vikings' Sept. 28 game at Tennessee.

The exact nature of the injury hasn't been disclosed, and as a result the Titans game could be the early end of Williams' timetable. He likely will be replaced by rookie second-round pick Tyrell Johnson, but Johnson himself missed practice Monday because of a strained abdominal muscle.

As a result, second-year player Eric Frampton was working with the first team on Monday. The Vikings also have veteran Michael Boulware on their roster.

Injuries are starting to pile up for the Vikings' defense. Linebacker Heath Farwell and defensive end Jayme Mitchell both suffered season-ending knee injuries in last Friday's preseason opener against Seattle. Defensive end Brian Robison has missed most of training camp after having two blood clots removed from his leg, and the Vikings are being careful with the surgically repaired elbow of nose tackle Pat Williams.

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