More surprises from Vikings as Terence Newman retires, Kendall Wright is released

The 53-man roster is set and WR Brandon Zylstra made the team.
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The Vikings were filled with surprising moves on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to 53 players, with a trio of big names not making the cut. 

Veteran defensive end Brian Robison was released, as was wide receiver Kendall Wright. And perhaps the biggest shock of the day was cornerback Terence Newman announcing his retirement. 

But there's a kicker: Newman is staying with the Vikings as a member of the coaching staff. Details about what his role will be are unknown, but the soon-to-be 40-year-old veteran is sticking with the purple and gold. 

Robison, Wright and Newman were among the moves that helped the Vikings cut the roster down to 53 players. The other cuts included: 

  • G Josh Andrews (Injured)
  • WR Jeff Badet
  • WR Chad Beebe
  • TE Blake Bell
  • RB Mack Brown (Injured)
  • LB Reshard Cliett
  • DT Curtis Cothran
  • LB Garret Dooley
  • C Cornelius Edison
  • G Colby Gossett
  • TE Tyler Hoppes
  • CB Craig James (Injured)
  • WR Tavarres King (Injured)
  • S Tray Matthews (Injured)
  • T Storm Norton
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • CB Horace Richardson (Injured)
  • S Jack Tocho
  • DE Jonathan Wynn
  • DL Brian Robison

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers made the team but on the reserve/suspended list. He'll be eligible to return to the 53-man roster after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. 

The Vikings also activated center Pat Elflein from the physically unable to perform list, although it's not expected that he'll play until Week 2 of the regular season. 

Here's the 53-man roster, position-by-position. 

QBs (3)

Kirk Cousins

Trevor Siemian

Kyle Sloter

RBs (5)

Mike Boone

Dalvin Cook

C.J. Ham

Latavius Murray

Roc Thomas

WRs (5)

Stacy Coley

Stefon Diggs

Adam Thielen

Laquon Treadwell

Brandon Zylstra

TEs (3)

Tyler Conklin

David Morgan

Kyle Rudolph

OL (9)

Aviante Collins

Tom Compton

Pat Elflein

Rashod Hill

Danny Isidora

Brett Jones

Riley Reiff

Brian O'Neill

Mike Remmers

DL (9)

Tashawn Bower

Everson Griffen

Jalyn Holmes

Danielle Hunter

Jaleel Johnson

Linval Joseph

David Parry

Sheldon Richardson

Stephen Weatherly

LB (5)

Anthony Barr

Devante Downs

Ben Gedeon

Eric Kendricks

Eric Wilson

CB (6)

Mackensie Alexander

Mike Hughes

Xavier Rhodes

Marcus Sherels

Trae Waynes

Holton Hill

S (5)

Anthony Harris

George Iloka

Jayron Kearse

Andrew Sendejo

Harrison Smith

Specialists (3)

Daniel Carlson - K

Kevin McDermott - LS

Ryan Quigley - P

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