Former Hog DeMarcus Love makes Vikings 53-man roster

The Minnesota Vikings have waived offensive lineman Ryan Cook,

tight end Jeff Dugan and linebacker Heath Farwell, three vested

veterans who've been valuable backups for several seasons.

The Vikings reduced their active roster to 53 players for the

regular season before the NFL's deadline on Saturday afternoon, and

they chose youth and potential over experience and stability when

determining their depth at a handful of positions.

Cook and Chris DeGeare, a fifth-round draft pick last year, were

waived in favor of rookies Brandon Fusco and DeMarcus Love as

reserves on the offensive line. Rookie Allen Reisner, undrafted out

of Iowa, made the team instead of Dugan as a backup tight end.

Farwell was also beaten out by undrafted rookie, Larry Dean from

Valdosta State.