The Vikings cut 20 players, including five wide receivers, on Saturday, leaving them with just four players at that position on the active roster. Recently signed Javon Walker and training-camp standout Logan Payne were waived, and Taye Biddle, Freddie Brown and Marquis Hamilton also were let go.
Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo and Greg Lewis were the only wide receivers on the roster revealed by the team after the NFL's deadline for reducing to 53 players.
Houshmandzadeh's agent, Kennard McGuire, didn't immediately return e-mail or phone messages Saturday. The Vikings didn't make Childress or any team officials available to reporters Saturday.
The Vikings got a head start on cutdown day by trading quarterback Sage Rosenfels and running back Darius Reynaud to the New York Giants on Friday, making rookie Joe Webb an unpolished third-stringer behind Favre and Tarvaris Jackson and leaving a question about whom the punt returner will be in Reynaud's absence.
Also let go by the Vikings on Saturday: safety Colt Anderson, guard Thomas Austin, guard Adrian Battles, tackle Patrick Brown, tackle Chris Clark, fullback Ryan D'Imperio, running back Ian Johnson, defensive tackle Tremaine Johnson, kicker Rhys Lloyd, tight end Garrett Mills, defensive end Mike Montgomery, tackle Drew Radovich, cornerback Marcus Sherels, linebacker Nate Triplett and cornerback DeAndre Wright. Triplett (fifth round) and D'Imperio (seventh round) were the only draft picks waived.
Teams begin assembling their eight-player practice squads Sunday.
By letting Lloyd go, the Vikings swallowed a $200,000 bonus after signing the kickoff specialist and former University of Minnesota standout this spring. His kickoffs in preseason games were mostly unimpressive, even prompting him to publicly apologize for his performance on his Twitter account, but he could be brought back at some point if he's not picked up by another team.
In addition to wide receiver, the Vikings have depth concerns on the offensive line and at cornerback. They kept five cornerbacks on the roster, but incumbent starter Cedric Griffin (knee) isn't quite ready yet after reconstructive surgery in January, and rookie Chris Cook (knee) was recently injured.
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