Vikings' Newman retires, Robison released

Vikings' roster now down to 53

Sloane Martin
September 01, 2018 - 3:52 pm

USA TODAY

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The Minnesota Vikings roster is down to 53 players for the start of the regular season a week from Sunday -- but there were some surprises.

Twelve-year NFL veteran Brian Robison, the last active Vikings player to appear in the 2009 NFC championship game, was released.

The defensive end was a fourth round pick of the Vikings in 2007.

Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement: "Throughout our ownership of the Minnesota Vikings, players like Brian Robison have made our journey special.”

And 39-year-old cornerback Terence Newman announced his retirement. The team says he will join the coaching staff, but more details were not immediately released.

Newman played under defensive guru Mike Zimmer for three teams in his 15-year NFL career. He was the fifth overall pick in 2003 and finished with 42 total interceptions.