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Without him, the Vikings will turn to fullback Matt Asiata and tight end Rhett Ellison to fill his role. Undrafted free agent Zach Line, who was a standout at Southern Methodist and has two touchdowns and 74 yards on three receptions in the preseason, has a chance to make the team, too.
The Vikings also pared their roster down to the 75-player limit one day ahead of the deadline by waiving the following: wide receivers LaMark Brown, Erik Highsmith and Chris Summers; running backs Bradley Randle and Jerodis Williams; cornerbacks Greg McCoy and Roderick Williams; defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Marquis Jackson; quarterback James Vandenberg; linebacker Stanford Keglar; guard Tyler Holmes; and center Camden Wentz. Felton doesn't count against the limit. Neither does defensive tackle Christian Ballard, who has been on the reserve/left squad list for unspecified reasons.
The only player on the cut list with significant experience was Lawrence Jackson, a former first-round draft pick by Seattle in 2008. He was with Detroit the past three years before signing with Minnesota this spring, but with Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen there's a crowd at his position.
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