EDEN PRAIRIE (KTTC/AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have waived offensive lineman Ryan Cook, tight end Jeff Dugan and linebacker Heath Farwell, three vested veterans who've been valuable backups for several seasons.
The Vikings reduced their active roster to 53 players for the regular season before the NFL's deadline on Saturday afternoon, and they chose youth and potential over experience and stability when determining their depth at a handful of positions.
Cook and Chris DeGeare, a fifth-round draft pick last year, were waived in favor of rookies Brandon Fusco and DeMarcus Love as reserves on the offensive line. Rookie Allen Reisner, undrafted out of Iowa, made the team instead of Dugan as a backup tight end. Farwell was also beaten out by undrafted rookie, Larry Dean from Valdosta State.