Ben Tate Released by Vikings: Latest Details and Reaction

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 23, 2014

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The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly released running back Ben Tate, becoming the second team to do so in a little over a month. 

The Vikings announced the move:    

ESPN's Field Yates initially broke the news:

Tate, who was waived by the Cleveland Browns in November, tallied just 13 carries for 38 yards with the Vikes. Even with Adrian Peterson suspended and Jerick McKinnon on the IR, he was unable to carve out a significant role behind plodding back Matt Asiata.     

As Yates noted, a couple of teams who have been hit with injuries in the backfield could potentially show interest in the 26-year-old:

Tate once had a promising future in Houston, but he has a history of injury problems and has now looked completely uninspiring with two different teams in 2014. 

He could certainly provide depth for the Arizona Cardinals or Indianapolis Colts, but it's difficult to imagine him making any kind of meaningful impact in the postseason.