Minnesota Vikings: Projecting the initial 53-man roster, cuts loom Tuesday

Preseason football is over, and Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium is less than two weeks away.

The Minnesota Vikings have to trim their roster from 80 to an initial 53 by 3 p.m. Tuesday, and they already started that process. On Monday, the Vikings placed TY McGill and Bisi Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson tore his ACL Saturday night against the Broncos, ending his 2022 season. McGill suffered an ankle injury early and didn’t return.

The Vikings also released or waived Tye Smith, Myron Mitchell and Timon Parris. They have 22 more moves to make on Wednesday, and can put up to 16 players on the practice squad, including six veterans.

Here’s a look at the position groups heading into Tuesday.


Making team – Kirk Cousins, Nick Mullens

Cut or practice squad – Kellen Mond, Sean Mannion. Neither showed during training camp or the preseason they are capable of running the Vikings’ offense if Cousins goes down. That’s why they traded for Mullens. The obvious path is to cut Mannion and try to get Mond to the practice squad.


Making team – Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu, Ty Chandler

Reports emerged Monday that the Vikings are taking calls to possibly trade Mattison. That’s worth monitoring as roster cuts start coming down Tuesday.

Cut or practice squad – Bryant Koback


CJ Ham


Making team – Irv Smith Jr., Johnny Mundt, Ben Ellefson

Cut or practice squad – Zach Davidson, Nick Muse


Making team – Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, KJ Osborn, Jailen Nailor, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Trishton Jackson

Cut or practice squad – Myron Mitchell, Dan Chisena


Making team – Christian Darrisaw, Ezra Cleveland, Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, Brian O’Neill, Jesse Davis, Chris Reed, Austin Schlottmann, Blake Brandel

Cut or practice squad – Vederian Lowe, Josh Sokol, Wyatt Davis, Kyle Hinton, Oli Udoh

Ed Ingram has been the surprise of the offensive line at training camp, earning first-team reps ever since the first preseason game. He’s in line to get the starting job over Jesse Davis at right guard.


Making team – Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith, Harrison Phillips, Dalvin Tomlinson, Armon Watts, D.J. Wonnum, James Lynch, Jaylen Twyman, Patrick Jones II, Janarius Robinson

Cut or practice squad – Esezi Otomewo, Jonathan Bullard, T.J. Smith, Luiji Vilain, Zach McLoud

McGill’s surprise release on Monday after 3.5 sacks in the preseason was injury-related. Decisions for depth along the defensive line will be interesting.


Making team – Eric Kendricks, Jordan Hicks, Troy Dye, Brian Asamoah

Cut or practice squad – Chazz Surratt, Blake Lynch, William KwenKeu


Making team – Patrick Peterson, Cam Dantzler, Chandon Sullivan, Andrew Booth Jr., Kris Boyd, Akayleb Evans

Cut or practice squad – Nate Hairston, Parry Nickerson


Making team – Harrison Smith, Cam Bynum, Lewis Cine, Josh Metellus

Cut or practice squad – Myles Dorn, Mike Brown


Making team – Greg Joseph, Ryan Wright, Andrew DePaola