Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans (90) runs off the field against the Houston Texans after the game at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Roster Cuts: Chris Crocker, Kurt Coleman Among Those Released

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The final list of Vikings cuts has come in and there are a couple of surprises, headlined by the carnage at the safety position.

First thing’s first, here is the full list of cut players:

Baca, Jeff – OL
Baker, Chase – DT
Banyard, Joe – RB
Colter, Kain – WR
Faciane, Isame – DT
Ford, Chase – TE
Foster, Donte – WR
James, Kendall – DB
Jackson, Justin – LB
Kerin, Zac – OL
Posey, Julian – DB
Reisner, Allen – TE
Remmers, Mike – OL
Trattou, Justin – DE
Williams, Dominique – RB
Zimmer, Mike – LB

Contract Termination

Coleman, Kurt – DB
Crocker, Chris – DB
Evans, Fred – DT

Placed on Injured Reserve:

Richardson, Antonio – OL
Sanford, Jamarca – DB

The Vikings have expressed an interest in bringing several players back to the practice squad, including Kain Colter, Dominique Williams and Joe Banyard. All must clear waivers before they can be signed to the practice squad.

The three veteran cuts are the most intriguing moves of all, by a long way. Fred Evans we heard about this morning but Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman only came out late in the afternoon.

Both Crocker and Coleman were brought in to bring some veteran stability to the safety position but neither man cut the mustard for Mike Zimmer. The Vikings will roll with Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, Robert Blanton and Antone Exum for now, but could sign another safety as we move forward.

The Chase Ford situation is interesting as well. Ford came into camp as a seemingly promising talent but was unable to participate with a foot injury. He was finally activated off PUP late in preseason but never got any action on the field.

Could Ford return to the practice squad? It’s possible. The Vikings cutting both Allen Reisner and Ford will leave them short handed at tight end for now, but again, waiver pickups are always a possibility.

No doubt, fans will be discussing these cuts for several days, perhaps angrily. As always, we need to remind you that NFL rosters remain fluid throughout the season, so this “final 53″ is really just a “53 for now” anyway.

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