The Minnesota Vikings made a handful of cuts late Friday afternoon as they approach tonight's 8 p.m. CT deadline to trim their roster to 53 players.
Friday's most notable cuts include fullback Ryan D'Imperio, offensive lineman Chris DeGeare, wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, and veteran ends Nick Reed and Jeff Charleston.
The 25-year-old D'Imperio joined the Vikings' special teams squad in Week 5 and was a solid contributor, but his preseason conversion from a special teamer to a linebacker didn't go as well as the team had planned. A shoulder injury also shelved the former seventh-round pick for the Vikings' final two preseason games.
DeGeare started eight games for the Vikings in 2010, was cut at the end of camp last season and brought back as a part of the practice squad for the entire 2011 campaign. It's possible that might happen again this season.
Arceneaux was nabbed by the Vikings in January of last year after two solid years in the Canadian Football League, but after little playing time in 2011 and few game reps in camp, the team has decided to let him go.
The Vikings also waived rookie defensive tackle Trevor Guyton and halfback Lex Hilliard.