Minnesota Vikings: Chase Ford cut, Josh Robinson activated (Report)


The Minnesota Vikings had to release someone in order to activate CB Josh Robinson, who has been on the PUP list since before training camp.

And that someone turned out to be TE Chase Ford.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press first reported Ford being cut.

Ford had been with the Vikings since being signed to the practice squad in 2012. He was elevated to the 53-man roster in 2013 after Kyle Rudolph became injured and again spent some time on the 53-man in 2014.

Ford made a pretty major contribution in 2014 as a matter of fact, appearing in 11 games with five starts and ringing up 258 yards on 23 receptions with one touchdown.

Ford looked like a solid bet to be a significant player for the Vikings in 2015 until the team drafted TE MyCole Pruitt.

Despite the arrival of Pruitt, Ford managed to stick with the team after final cuts. However, Ford was inactive every week except one, and that week he was only active because of an injury to Rhett Ellison.

Ford ultimately would play not a single snap for Minnesota in 2015. The talented tight end has a very good chance to catch on somewhere else.

Josh Robinson’s activation off PUP gives the Vikings six cornerbacks, though Terence Newman is currently going through the concussion protocol and his status for this weekend is up in the air.

Had the Vikings not activated Robinson for this week they would have used up the window to bring him off PUP and add him to the 53-man roster.

Robinson may be back on the 53-man but if Newman is ready to go this weekend I don’t see how the Vikings activate Robinson for the game.

At best, Robinson gives them insurance at the cornerback position. Right now his services are not urgently required.