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Vikings waive CB Bashaud Breeland in surprise move

December 18, 2021 GMT
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) runs from Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) runs from Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) runs from Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings waived cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Saturday in a surprise move at a position where they have tenuous depth.

Breeland was initially listed as questionable to play at Chicago on Monday night for an unspecified non-injury-related reason. Two hours later, the eighth-year veteran was let go. NFL Network reported that Breeland had an verbal altercation with coaches and teammates at practice on Saturday.

Breeland started all 13 games for the Vikings (6-7), with two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Patrick Peterson has solidified the other outside spot, but the options for replacing Breeland in the lineup are young and inconsistent, in Kris Boyd and Cameron Dantzler.

Breeland played the previous two seasons with Kansas City. He played four years for Washington and one for Green Bay before that and has 17 interceptions in 114 career games including playoffs.

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