Vikings waive long snapper Austin Cutting, hope to sign him to practice squad

The Vikings on Tuesday waived long snapper Austin Cutting after he was beaten out by Andrew DePaola. However, a source said they plan to re-sign Cutting to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Minnesota also waived linebacker Hardy Nickerson, released cornerback Marcus Sayles from the practice squad and protected tight end Brandon Dillion on the practice squad.

Letting Sayles go from the practice squad opens up a possible spot for Cutting, who had bad snaps in consecutive games before being replaced by DePaola, elevated from the practice squad for each of the past two games. DePaola, who was signed to the practice squad Nov. 21, is out of elevations, so he is expected to be signed to the 53-man roster Wednesday. He was unable to sign Tuesday because the NFL closed practice facilities Monday and Tuesday for COVID-19 reasons.

Cutting, a seventh-round pick in 2019 out of Air Force, was inactive in each of the past two games after being the long snapper for the first 27 Minnesota regular-season and playoff games of his career. The source said the Vikings want to keep him on the practice squad and believe he could battle to regain the job next year.

Nickerson started the season on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster on Sept. 22. With six linebackers on the roster, he was deemed expendable.

With Cutting and Nickerson let go, the Vikings’ roster stands at 51.…

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