MANKATO — The Vikings have released wide receiver Aundrae Allison, according to the team’s website.
Allison was not on the practice field this morning and agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted that “that the Vikings have informed me that they will be waiving receiver Aundrae Allison by 5 p.m. today if he isn’t traded first.”
Obviously, the team did not find a team willing to make a deal and the fact Rosenhaus put it on his Twitter page probably made it impossible to work a trade considering everyone knew Allison was going to be released. A fifth-round pick by the Vikings in 2007, Allison had 18 catches for 231 yards in 26 career games. He also was used on kickoff and punt returns and finishes with an average of 25.9 yards on 26 kick returns and a touchdown.
That touchdown came on Dec. 2, 2007 against Detroit when Allison went 104 yards to set a Vikings record for the longest play.
Vikings coach Brad Childress has declined to talk about Allison’s situation in part because nothing was official until late this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Tarvaris Jackson was back on the field this afternoon and worked out under the watchful eyes of Childress and athetic trainer Eric Sugarman. While many of his teammates were taking part in a special teams practice on a field on the Minnesota State Mankato campus, Jackson was off on another field throwing to a ballboy as Childress gave the quarterback directions.
Jackson is recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that he suffered Saturday. Jackson dropped back several times to test the knee. The good thing is that Jackson plants with his right knee and thus puts a bit less stress on the left one.
“He did fine, foot work wise” Childress said. “You always go back and they always go in and treat. We’ll see how he feels in the morning, see how he feels later on. Getting out there moving around a little bit. But he looked fine.”
Childress said any decision on Jackson possibly taking the field on Wednesday would come in the morning. “I know he’s enthusiastic to get out there but it’s just a matter of him being able to protect himself, Childress said. “That’s the biggest thing. That’s why you have the trainer with you while you’re working out so he can kind of give him feedback as he’s going.”