After spending most of the 2009 and 2010 seasons on the 49ers practice squad, he made his active roster debut in 2010. When he declined, Minnesota cut the 30-year-old guard. Minnesota would then have three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster. When he refused, Boone wound up being cut on Saturday instead, according to a report from Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Per Spotrac, the Vikings will have a cap hit of $3.5 million for releasing Boone.
The starting offensive line will include four new faces. Nick Easton is expected to take over the vacant starting role at left guard, making the starting lineup now presumably consist of Riley Reiff, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Joe Berger, and Mike Remmers. Running back Dalvin Cook is a lock to open September 11 against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium and weakside linebacker Ben Gedeon is also likely to start after getting the nod in the last three preseason games. The Vikings had their roster set by Saturday afternoon. They officially announced the release of 34 players, although 14 of the moves had been reported Friday by the Pioneer Press.
Bridgewater sustained what some thought would be a career-ending injury in August 2016 when he dislocated his knee and suffered a complete tear of his ACL and other ligaments. He can't practice or play for the first six weeks.
That earned him the lucrative contract from the Vikings last offseason. R.J. Shelton were waived with injury designations. Heinicke, who suffered a mild concussion in Thursday's preseason finale against Miami and also has been bothered by a strained right oblique muscle, is not in line to be a third this week. Third-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke is now dealing with a mild concussion and oblique strain, according to a National Football League source, so Minnesota could be thin for passers at practice.