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Vikings' waiting game begins; Olsen tweets "I'm feeling much better"

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Off the field, Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings injury report, Vikings off the field, Leslie Frazier, Vikings rookies, Vikings roster moves Updated: August 30, 2013 - 1:55 PM

The Vikings finished their preseason with a 24-23 victory over Tennessee on Thursday night and now comes the hard part.

The team must trim the roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline. Leslie Frazier, his coaching staff and general manager Rick Spielman will meet today to begin setting the final roster.

The team could begin informing players today but the Vikings won't announce the moves officially until Saturday afternoon.

These two days are anxious times for players on the bubble.

"It is without question one of the toughest parts," Frazier said of releasing players. "When you sit down and realize that for a lot of the guys that played tonight, they will probably never wear an NFL uniform again and we have to sit down and discuss who those guys might be. When you sit down with them on that Saturday, or Friday, they come by the office and you explain to them their career in Minnesota for sure is going to be over, and there’s a possibility it may be over for good, it can get emotional."

Spielman has final say over roster decisions, but Frazier said personnel matters are a collaborative effort with the coaching staff.

"Rick is going to give his input and I’m going to share my input, but he is going to make that final decision," Frazier said. "One of the things that he’s learned and I’ve learned is that you don’t want to make that decision about a player if the coaches, the head coach in particular, are totally against it. It’s hard if as a coach, you have to get this guy going and so on and then you don’t necessarily believe in it. It’s a tough deal, but we’ve been very fortunate in our relationship where we can discuss every single guy, talk about what needs to be done and what’s best for our football team. Whether it be the draft or whether it be the 75 or the 53, we have always been able to come to an agreement and make it work for our team."

Asked if he has a chip he can use if he wants a certain player, Frazier laughed.

"No, there are no chips," he said. "You don’t know Rick very well."
 
Update: Vikings guard Seth Olsen, who was taken off the field on a stretcher last night because of a neck/head injury, seems fine.  He was walking around the locker room after the game, but couldn't speak to the media because of the league's concussion protocol. Today, Olson (@SethOlsen) tweeted:  Thank you to everyone for the prayers! I'm feeling much better now. Medical staff was excellent. Appreciate all the support. God is good!

 

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