Vikings waive cornerback Bashaud Breeland in surprising move

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Bashaud Breeland
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Bashaud Breeland /

The Minnesota Vikings made the shocking move of releasing one of their starting cornerbacks before Week 15.

For Week 15, the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to hit the road and take on the Chicago Bears. However, the team will be missing one of their starters at cornerback following a surprising transaction on Saturday.

Minnesota released their injury report where Bashaud Breeland was listed as questionable with a designation that his condition for not injury-related. While that was puzzling, an even more confusing movie was yet to come.

The official Twitter account of the Minnesota Vikings announced they have waived their starting cornerback.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explained the situation on Twitter that led to his release, putting some clarity on what was a confusing transaction. Still, the reason for the alleged “verbal altercation” has yet to be revealed.

What does this mean for the Vikings?

Breeland was having an up-and-down season for the purple and gold. He played in 13 games for Minnesota this season, starting all of them while making 63 combined tackles, five pass defenses, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles,

The Vikings will look to replace him in the starting lineup with Cameron Dantzler, who has four starts this season.  That will also bump players like Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand up the depth chart while making Mackensie Alexander an interesting prospect to fill in at multiple positions.

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Minnesota’s defense has struggled mightily this season. It will be interesting to see how this new starting lineup will fare against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Hopefully, the team can get their defense organized and prepared following this surprising release so they can get a big win on road against a divisional opponent.