Skip to main content

Prater, Harris top list of cuts as Vikings start trimming roster to 53

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of trimming their roster from 75 down to 53.

With the preseason over, the Vikings have to be down to 53 active players on their roster by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Some of the first reductions came to players with NFL experience – including safety Shaun Prater, who had spent the last two seasons with Minnesota.

Running back DuJuan Harris was also waived by the Vikings, Friday afternoon. Harris, 27, has also spent some time as a backup running back and return man for the Green Bay Packers. His agent, Andy Simms, tells the Pioneer Press that Harris is a candidate for the practice squad.

"There is definitely interest from (the Vikings)," Simms tells the newspaper. "They like him. Even though he's been around for awhile, he still is eligible for the practice quad with the rules. I think it's a possibility, but we're going to look around."

The Vikings have also released:

  • WR Donte Foster
  • DE Leon Mackey
  • G Bobby Vardaro
  • CB Josh Thomas
  • CB Justin Coleman
  • WR DaVaris Daniels
  • DT Chigbo Anunoby

According 1500 ESPN, defensive end Justin Trattou has been told that he will be on the 53 man roster.

The Star Tribune reports the Vikings are expected to make the cuts official on Saturday as the team continues to monitor other teams' activities ahead of the deadline.

Next Up


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 28

The state is still in the process of catching up with 10,000 yet-to-be processed tests.

Bryan Acuna

Twins sign 16-year-old brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr.

Bryan Acuna is one of the top international prospects, according to

Christopher Endicott

Authorities: Former principal who died in MN jail took his own life

He was found unresponsive in the jail last November.


Sheriff: 2 injured, drunk driver arrested after head-on crash

The allegedly drunk driver wasn't injured in the crash.


Newest 'Dirty Jobs' ep. has Mike Rowe scraping shmutz in MN

He'll scrape and clean a "special kind of shmutz" from the bottom of an escalator at a local hockey arena.

school, classroom

Here are the 77 nominees for the MN Teacher of the Year award

The nominees will be trimmed to a group of semifinalists and then a group of finalists.

crystal police department

2 women found dead in Crystal home, police investigating

Authorities investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.