Training camp has concluded, the last preseason game is in the books and the regular season is now less than a week away. But before the Vikings can devote their undivided attention to game planning for the New Orleans Saints they must conduct a little roster maintenance.
NFL teams are required to reduce their rosters to 53 players on the Active List by Saturday at 5:00 p.m. CT; the Vikings currently have 75 players on the roster and will need to reduce that number by 22 before Saturday’s deadline.
Teams can begin shaping that 53-man roster today but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress indicated after Thursday night’s preseason game that his club would likely wait until Saturday to announce its 53-man roster. Then, beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT on Sunday, each team will be able to build their 8-member practice squad.
Also on Sunday, the Vikings will be back to work on the practice fields at Winter Park in preparation for the season-opener at New Orleans. With a Thursday game, the Vikings will treat Sunday as a typical regular season Wednesday, meaning both Childress and QB Brett Favre will hold press conferences and the locker room will be open to the media. The press conferences will be streamed live right here on vikings.com, so be sure to tune in on Sunday afternoon for complete coverage of the Vikings as they prepare for Week 1.
Stay tuned to vikings.com for updates on the Vikings roster and any other team news that develops. You can also follow the Vikings on Twitter (@VikingsFootball) to stay current on Vikings news.
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