Yesterday was the first cut down day for NFL teams. The Vikings reduced their roster to 75 by making a decision on Sidney Rice‘s status and sending three other men packing.
First Rice. After hinting at the possibility of the receiver being placed on IR, ending his 2010 season, the Vikings finally decided to place him on the active/PUP list. The rules governing this list are more convoluted and impenetrable than the plot of Lost, but all we really need to know is, Rice will not be able to play for the first six weeks of the season.
This is not really news, since we knew Rice would almost certainly be out for the first half of the year anyway. But it does slam the door on the last glimmer of hope that Rice could pull off a miracle early comeback.
And now the cuts: With the Rice decision made and Jaymar Johnson safely tucked away on IR, the Vikings only needed to waive three guys to get to the limit. Those three ended up being J Leman, Marko Mitchell and Bill Noethlich. No, not even catching a bomb from Sage Rosenfels against third-stringers could save Marko Mitchell from the Turk.
The 75 guys remaining on the roster can breathe easy until September 4, when rosters must be reduced to 53 in preparation for the regular season.