Minnesota cut 20 players Saturday to reach the mandatory 53-man roster limit, with WR Javon Walker being the best-known of the players who were released.
Fox 9 Sports in the Twin Cities is reporting that Walker's representatives believe their client was cut to make room for veteran WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was released by Seattle earlier in the day.
With Walker gone, the wide receivers still on the roster are Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo. Harvin has missed practice time because of chronic migraine headaches. Also, former starting WR Sidney Rice is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season following hip surgery.
Walker, 31, has had relatively little on-field production since 2006, his first season in Denver following a mostly productive four years in Green Bay. The Vikings had signed him Aug. 24 following his March release by Oakland.
Besides Walker, the Vikings released S Colt Anderson; OGs Thomas Austin and Adrian Battles; WRs Taye Biddle, Freddie Brown, Marquis Hamilton and Logan Payne; OTs Patrick Brown, Chris Clark and Drew Radovich; FB Ryan D'Imperio; RB Ian Johnson; DT Tremain Johnson; PK Rhys Lloyd; TE Garrett Mills; DE Mike Montgomery; CBs Marcus Sherels and DeAndre Wright; and LB Nate Triplett.
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