Clarifying The Roster Exemptions
Yesterday I referenced a report that the Vikings had roster exemptions for Jerome Felton (suspended) and Christian Ballard (left team) which allowed them to only cut 13 players. I also wondered why the didn’t get an exemption for the suspension of DeMarcus Love.
Viking Update was kind enough to respond to a message I sent them requesting a clarification of their report, and they turned around and got the answer directly from the NFL, according to their response.
As of right now, and Monday when the Vikings made their cuts, the Vikings have two roster exemptions. One is for Ballard and the other is for wide out Greg Childs who has been placed on the PUP list and won’t be eligible for action until week seven.
The Vikings will indeed get two exemptions for the Felton and Love suspensions, but the suspensions will not go into effect until Saturday, thus there are no exemptions until Saturday.
Essentially, this means that the Vikings get to keep four bubble players around until/unless these guys are able to report for duty. At the time of their return the Vikings will have to choose between having them back and cutting someone else, or simply letting them go. In Felton’s case the answer is simple, as he will be brought back, but the other three each present unique situations and the Vikings could simply choose to release them in favor of guys already on the roster.