According to reports from the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, the Minnesota Vikings have waived wide receiver Randy Moss. Amidst controversy between quarterback Brett Favre, coach Brad Childress, and any number of other factors in a dismal 2-5 season, the Vikings are saying goodbye to their star wide receiver after just four weeks in the fold.
Moss, acquired from New England just before week 5, had 13 catches with Minnesota with two touchdowns before being cut loose. This season, Moss produced 22 receptions for 313 yards and five touchdowns, and by all accounts, was still playing like a world class receiver.
But the turbulence in Minnesota between quarterback and coach, as well as the reported off the field antics from Moss while in New England, may have been too much for even Moss to stomach. During Sunday's loss to his former team, he caught only one pass for eight yards.
The Vikings, who play the Arizona Cardinals on November 7, have elected to go with their current core of receivers including Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, and tight end Vinsanthe Shiancoe. Who will throw them the football remains to be seen.
Minnesota's season got off to a very poor start, losing two straight before defeating the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Despite the addition of Moss for a third round pick, the Vikings managed to go 1-3 in the weeks that followed.
The schedule doesn't get any easier from here on out, especially without Moss in the fold. Six of Minnesota's nine remaining games are against teams with a .500 record or better, including two contests with the Chicago Bears and one against the NFC-leading New York Giants.