Newly-acquired linebacker Xavier Adibi will have to wait at least another week to make his debut with the Vikings. The former Houston Texan is among the seven players listed as inactive for the Vikings in their week 1 match-up against the San Diego Chargers, meaning undrafted camp phenom Larry Dean will be active.
Also inactive is CB Asher Allen who has been nursing a bad toe. In a bit of a surprise, the Vikings have also deactivated rookie CB Brandon Burton, meaning they will go at the Chargers with only four active cornerbacks. Punt returner Marcus Sherels will be the fourth corner. This would seem to indicate that the Vikings aren’t planning on going with their dime defense very much.
Safety Mistral Raymond will also be inactive, as will offensive linemen Brandon Fusco and DeMarcus Love, and defensive lineman D’Aundre Reed.
Active for the Vikings is TE Allen Reisner who only yesterday was added to the 53-man roster after spending a week on the practice squad. Reisner, like the aforementioned Mr. Dean, turned a lot of heads in camp and preseason.