In announcing the Vikings 53-man roster late Saturday afternoon, we mentioned that the next step for the Vikings – and all NFL teams – is to build a practice squad. The practice squad is often easily dismissed as a group of players with no place in the NFL, but keep in mind that several players currently on the Vikings 53-man roster were on a practice squad at some point in their career.
So here are a few things to keep in mind with regard to the rules and procedures that govern NFL practice squads…
– Expect to see teams announce their practice squads of no more than 8 players sometime after 11:00 p.m. CT on Sunday. Players on the practice squad will be eligible to practice with their teams immediately, an important condition of the rule because the Vikings will begin preparing for their Thursday night season-opener tomorrow.
– In order for a club to sign a player originally on its roster to the practice squad, that player must first pass through the waiver system. If that player is not claimed, he is then eligible to be signed to the practice squad.
– Players who’ve accrued a season of free agent credit are not practice squad eligible.
– Players who have 1 or more Accrued Seasons but who were on the 45-player Active List for fewer than 9 regular season games during each of such Accrued Seasons are practice squad eligible.
– A player may serve on a practice squad a maximum of 3 seasons; a season on the practice squad is accrued once the player is on the squad for 3 or more regular season or postseason games.
– A practice squad player may be elevated to the Active List (53-man roster) of his team.
– If a practice squad player is signed to the 53-man roster of another team, the new team must count said player against its 53-man limit for 3 weeks, even if the new team eventually terminates said player’s contract or exposes said player to waivers in order to place said player on its practice squad.
Keep in mind that there are more procedures and guidelines involved in governing NFL practice squads, but the details are too much to include in this entry. But the above notes represent some of the major rules.
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Over the past several months and through the offseason program, training camp and the preseason, the Vikings have been preparing to defend back-to-back division titles during the 2010 season. A major part of that preparation is evaluating players in an effort to shape the roster.
On Saturday the Vikings cut 20 players in order to get down to the 53-man roster limit in front of the 5:00 p.m. CT deadline.
The players cut by the Vikings today are: S Colt Anderson, G Thomas Austin, G Adrian Battles, WR Taye Biddle, WR Freddie Brown, T Patrick Brown, T Chris Clark, FB Ryan D’Imperio, WR Marquis Hamilton, RB Ian Johnson, DT Tremaine Johnson, K Rhys Lloyd, TE Garrett Mills, DE Mike Montgomery, WR Logan Payne, T Drew Radovich, CB Marcus Sherels, LB Nate Triplett, WR Javon Walker and CB DeAndre Wright.
The next step for teams is to assemble a practice squad, will be announced tomorrow. Practice squads have a limit of 8 members and those players will be able to practice with the Vikings tomorrow as the team prepares for its season-opening game at New Orleans on Thursday, September 9.
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While we wait to make the announcement of the Vikings 53-man roster (that should happen around 5:00 p.m. CT today), I wanted to pass along a note regarding a charity initiative WR Greg Lewis and his wife, Tamika, have taken up.
Greg and Tamika, along with several other Vikings players, are teaming up to put on a bowling event that will benefit the Smile Network and the Angel Foundation. The Angel Foundation’s goal is to help families with loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The bowling event will take place on Friday, September 17 at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie, MN and it will give participants a chance to mingle and bowl with Vikings players and also bid in a silent auction that will include autographed merchandise.
In order to participate you must pre-register and you can do that by sending your entry fee to the following address:
PO Box 44981
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
There are 3 different packages available for purchase. The “Pre-Seaon” package is $700 and includes 6 bowlers, 2 non-bowlers and food. The “Regular Season” package is $1,700 and includes 6 bowlers, 4 non-bowlers, food and a Vikings player in your lane. The “Super Bowl” package includes 6 bowlers, 6 non-bowlers, food, Greg Lewis bowling on your team, access to a VIP area and access to the Silent Auction 15 minutes before it closes.
If you have any questions or want more information on the pricing and packages, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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