MINNEAPOLIS -- We'd talked earlier about the Vikings putting some pieces in place for their practice squad. That group is now almost complete.
The team officially announced the signings of running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, tight end Chase Ford and tackle Mike Remmers to its practice squad, also announcing it had signed center Zac Kerin, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, defensive tackle Isame Faciane and defensive end Justin Trattou to the group. The Vikings' practice squad is at nine, and the final spot could be slotted for offensive lineman Austin Wentworth, whom the Vikings waived on Sunday; a league source said the team was hoping to add Wentworth to the practice squad if he made it through waivers. The Vikings also announced the release of linebacker Larry Dean, who had been a standout the last three seasons on special teams.
For now, though, the nine-man practice squad breaks down like this: one running back, two receivers, one tight end, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and one cornerback. All nine players went through training camp with the Vikings, and the team's decision to retain James means it still has control of all 10 players it selected in the May draft.
There could more roster moves coming in the next several days -- it wouldn't be surprising to see the Vikings add another safety after releasing Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman on Saturday -- but apart from some minor tinkering, the Vikings' 2014 squad appears to be mostly in place.