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Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Now Down to 85 Players


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have trimmed their roster to 85 players ahead of the 3 p.m. (CT) deadline set by the NFL.

Minnesota announced Tuesday that it has released cornerback Amari Henderson, who was signed in June.

Henderson did not play on defense in Saturday's preseason opener and registered two snaps on special teams.

The Vikings announced Monday that kicker Riley Patterson and wide receiver Blake Proehl have been placed on the Waived/Injured list.

Patterson was expected to compete with Greg Joseph for the kicking job but the undrafted rookie from Memphis began training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

He was removed from the list on Aug. 6 but only kicked in a few practices. Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken said Monday before the roster move was announced that Patterson was dealing with an injury.

Proehl, an undrafted free agent, was injured while running a route in Wednesday's joint practice with the Broncos. He was carted off the field and was seen on crutches with a heavy leg brace on the sideline Thursday.

The Vikings on Sunday announced that long snapper Turner Bernard and defensive end Jordan Brailford had been released.

Bernard was competing with Andrew DePaola for Minnesota's long snapping job, but it appears DePaola has won that battle as he is now the only long snapper on the roster.

Brailford played in five games for the Vikings in 2020, notching a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Minnesota must cut down its roster to 80 players on Aug. 24. The 53-man roster (and practice squad) must be set on Aug. 31.

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