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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Vikings waive kicker Cortez

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings waived kickoff specialist Jose Cortez on Tuesday.

Cortez was signed Oct. 17 to relieve Aaron Elling of his kickoff duties while the rookie recovered from back spasms. Elling, who kicked for Wyoming in college, continued to handle field goals and extra points, and he was healthy enough this week for the Vikings to let go of Cortez.

The team will decide Wednesday how to fill his roster spot, probably by activating running back Michael Bennett, coach Mike Tice said. Bennett is expected to make his first appearance of the season Sunday night against Green Bay after recovering from a broken left foot.

Cortez, who was cut in training camp by Kansas City this year, has also kicked for San Francisco and Washington.