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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings have cut veteran safeties Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, leaving them thin at safety as the season opener approaches.

The Vikings announced their final cuts Saturday night to get down to the 53-man roster limit. Sanford has spent five seasons with the Vikings and was a starter for the previous three years. But a quadriceps injury two weeks ago landed him on injured reserve.

New coach Mike Zimmer brought in Crocker, who he coached in Atlanta and Cincinnati, and signed Coleman to bring more depth to the strong safety beside Harrison Smith. But neither did enough to stick around for the regular season.

The Vikings also cut veteran defensive tackle Fred Evans, who has played the previous seven years in Minnesota.

Released

PLAYER POS. EXP. COLLEGE

Jeff Baca........................... G....................... 2......................... UCLA

Chase Baker................... DT....................... 2................. Boise State

Joe Banyard.................... RB....................... 2......................... UTEP

Kurt Coleman..................... S....................... 5.................. Ohio State

Kain Colter..................... WR...................... R............. Northwestern

Chris Crocker.................... S..................... 12..................... Marshall

Fred Evans...................... DT....................... 9................ Texas State

Isame Faciane................. DT...................... R... Florida International

Chase Ford...................... TE....................... 2................. Miami (FL)

Donte Foster.................. WR...................... R........................... Ohio

Justin Jackson................. LB...................... R.............. Wake Forest

Kendall James................ CB...................... R......................... Maine

Zac Kerin........................... C...................... R........................ Toledo

Julian Posey.................... CB....................... 2........................... Ohio

Allen Reisner................... TE....................... 4........................... Iowa

Mike Remmers.................. T....................... 2............. Oregon State

Justin Trattou.................. DE....................... 3........................ Florida

Dominique Williams........ RB...................... R...................... Wagner

Mike Zimmer................... LB....................... 1................ Illinois State

Placed on Injured Reserve

PLAYER POS. EXP. COLLEGE

Antonio Richardson............ T...................... R................. Tennessee

Jamarca Sanford............... S....................... 6.................. Mississippi

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