The NFL can be pretty unforgiving. Take the case of cornerback Nick Taylor. The one-time FIU basketball player was signed this offseason by the Vikings with the intention of molding him into a cornerback/kick returner. Of course it was a long-shot that Taylor would ever make the roster or even the practice squad but still, he was in an NFL training camp with a chance to make a career for himself.
And then last Friday Nick Taylor suffered a shoulder injury. With the team already kind of thin at defensive back after Josh Robinson’s hamstring pull, the Vikings worked out a couple of cornerbacks. Come Monday, Nick Taylor got the news that he was being released. The Vikings replaced him with Chris Stroud, a defensive back out of Webber International. The Vikes will likely reach an injury settlement with Mr. Taylor and it will be back to the basketball court for him.
Like I said, it’s a pretty unforgiving business. Especially if you’re a warm body brought in for camp depth.