The Minnesota Vikings have made the tough decision of releasing recently signed offensive lineman Sean Hickey from team’s practice squad.
Shuffling the players of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad has been very common as of late. When a team struggles with injuries as badly as the team has, they need to have a lot of talent available if necessary.
One of the downsides of making changes to the members of the practice squad means that players have to be released in order for other players to be signed. That means that fringe NFL talents will need to continue to work hard toward achieving their dreams of a professional football career.
Sadly, that is the situation that happened on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The team announced on its official Twitter account that offensive lineman Sean Hickey was released from the practice squad.
Considering the problems on the Vikings offensive line, it is a little surprising to see any offensive lineman let go. However, it is up to the Minnesota coaching staff and front office to decide what is best for the team.
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In the past, Minnesota has incorporated a method of signing and releasing players to keep them on the payroll and have them available even if they aren’t a part of the active practice squad. This might be what is going on with Hickey, or this may be the final time he signs with the team.
Hopefully, there is still a future in the NFL for Hickey. Since the Vikings have taken multiple looks at him, it has to be considered that he is a talented player with some potential.
The release of Hickey opens up a spot of the Minnesota practice squad. The Vikings will have the opportunity to sign another player to evaluate their potential to fill the gap left by this cut.
Best of luck to Hickey going forward and hopefully there will be more opportunities for him in the National Football League. Meanwhile, more information regarding the opening on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad will be announced soon.