The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former Vikings LB Nick Rogers was killed in a single-car accident today. He was 30 years old.
Drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech, Rogers played 2 seasons in Minnesota and started 16 games. He had 43 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 2.0sacks as a rookie and followed that up with 26 tackles in his 2nd year. Rogers also spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins in the NFL and also played for the AFL’s Colorado Crush.
Our condolences and prayers go out to Rogers’ family and friends.
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After signing a pair of undrafted rookie free agents on Monday, the Vikings moved again on Tuesday to sign 3 more. All 3 players have Minnesota ties.
Former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Cedric McKinley and Marcus Sherels as well as former Minnesota State, Mankato player Adrian Battles impressed the Vikings enough during last weekend’s rookie minicamp to merit roster spots as the club moves forward through its offseason program.
McKinley is a 6-6. 282-pound DE who played 2 seasons for the Gophers after playing for one of the nation’s top junior college football programs at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sherels is a 5-11, 165-pound CB who also has return capabilities on special teams.
Battles was an anchor on the Mavericks offensive line for 4 seasons, starting 43 of a possible 46 games. The OT also has good size at 6-3, 308 pounds.
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