One of the Minnesota Vikings toughest cuts on Saturday might have been at defensive back and what to do with undrafted second-year player Bobby Felder.
Felder, a cornerback and possible punt returner, was among the final cuts on Saturday after a preseason in which he flashed, particularly as a returner. But Felder suffered an ankle injury in Thursday’s preseason finale while playing defensive back. Maybe the ankle injury was too tough to return from.
On Sunday, the Vikings put Felder on injured reserve. The Vikings also placed third-year defensive end D’Aundre Reed on IR Sunday. It’s possible the team could work out injury settlements with either player. Reed, a 2011 draft pick, also suffered an ankle injury Thursday.
Coaches seemed interested in the progress of Felder, who spent last season on the practice squad, during the preseason. Coach Leslie Frazier will speak with reporters Monday with the team starting its normal regular-season work week in advance of the Sept. 8 regular-season opener at Detroit.
On Saturday, Minnesota also placed guard Seth Olsen (concussion) on injured reserve. The Vikings can designate one player on injured reserve to return during the season, but the team hasn’t announced any designation for its IR players yet.
Burtons claimed: Two players cut by the Vikings on Saturday were claimed by other teams on Sunday. Both 2011 draft picks, receiver Stephen Burton and cornerback Brandon Burton found homes on other team’s 53-man rosters.
Stephen Burton, who was competing for the final receiving spot on Minnesota’s roster spot that went to Joe Webb, was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brandon Burton was claimed by the Buffalo Bills.
Kluwe released by Raiders: Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who was released after the team drafted Jeff Locke in April, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday as Oakland also elected to go with its rookie punter, Marquette King, who went undrafted out of Fort Valley State.
Kluwe signed with the Raiders shortly after being released from Minnesota and found himself in another competition. Kluwe tweeted the news of his release Sunday.
“Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. @MarquetteKing’s got a bright future with you guys,” Kluwe wrote on his Twitter page (@ChrisWarcraft). “Feel like we both had a pretty strong preseason. No regrets.”
Winfield retires: Another former Vikings player who was released in the offseason, cornerback Antoine Winfield reportedly is retiring. Several reports claimed Winfield, the three-time Pro Bowler, retired after he was expected to be released by the Seattle Seahawks, who signed him in the offseason, foregoing the chance to rejoin Minnesota on a lesser salary.
The Vikings had released Winfield on the opening day of free agency because he was due $7.5 million in the final year of his contract and prices escalating for right tackle Phil Loadholt, who was re-signed.
Winfield spent nine years with Minnesota and was a well-respected leader in the locker room. An original first-round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills in 1999, Winfield had a 14-year career. He had 21 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and 729 tackles in his nine season with the Vikings. The diminutive cornerback was always regarded as one of the best tackling cornerbacks in the league.