The Vikings front office started making early decisions on Wednesday, a player’s day off, as four roster spots were cleared.
The deadline for all NFL teams to trim 80-man offseason rosters to the initial 53 is Saturday at 3 p.m. CT, and the Vikings roster stands at 75 players following Wednesday’s moves. Defensive end Anthony Zettel, linebacker Jordan Fehr, running back Tony Brooks-James, and defensive end Stacy Keely were released in the initial wave.
Brooks-James, Fehr and Keely were placed on waivers. Zettel, a fifth-year former Detroit Lions defensive end, was released. He had been given a $45,000 bonus on a one-year deal signed in March.
Rookie defensive end Kenny Willekes, a seventh-round pick out of Michigan St., was placed on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury during an Aug. 28 practice at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Linebacker Quentin Poling, who was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 17, was waived off the injured list on Wednesday.