Minnesota Vikings Cut Starter CB Bashaud Breeland After a Shocking Revelation

Published 12/19/2021, 8:18 AM EST


The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly cut cornerback Bashaud Breeland out of their squad on Saturday. After he is said to have indulged in physical and verbal altercations with teammates and coaches during practice.

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According to the NFL, the cornerback got into an altercation with his coaches, ripped off his cleats, and also had a fight with a few of his fellow teammates as they tried to settle things down. Earlier that day, head coach Mike Zimmer reported the cornerback was expected to be placed on the injury report before Monday’s matchup against the Bears.

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Bashaud Breeland was acquired by the Vikings earlier this offseason. He promptly established himself in the active roster as a starting cornerback role. Throughout the season so far, he has had a total of 63 tackles and two interceptions while starting all the 13 games for the Vikings. The franchise, however, released their CB2 only one day before their Week 15 game.

Bashaud Breeland out of the Vikings

The 29-year-old cornerback is well known for his “easily triggered” reputation, as reported by NFL Insider Tony Pauline. At practice on Friday, Breeland had a confrontation with his teammates that escalated to the point that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had to intervene.

As per ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the standoff started in the defensive meeting room before the players took the field for practice. The two sides continued to exchange their discontent towards one another, before being benched by the coaches. He went inside the locker room and removed his cleats when he wasn’t permitted to do so.

After returning to the field, Breeland started to “sh*t talk” and argue with everyone. He also allegedly started a physical altercation with players like star RB Dalvin Cook, DL Sheldon Richardson and even the manager Spielman. His fellow teammates tried to intervene and ease the situation during the brawl.

However, as per ESPN, Spielman managed to bring the cornerback to his office where the discussion ended up in his release. Following his exit from the team, Breeland tweeted a message stating his parting words for the Vikings. “I wanna appreciate the Vikings for the opportunity they game no hard feelings no love lost,” the tweet read.

Minnesota Vikings without a starting player

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Breeland and Peterson were the starting pair of cornerbacks for the Vikings this year. Although it didn’t go that well for him this season. Breeland allowed six touchdowns to two interceptions with a catch rate of 69.4% against him. Following the recent turn of events team’s primary defender Mackensie Alexander will not be moved from the franchise.

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The Vikings currently secure the second spot in the NFC North with a mediocre 6-7 record so far this season. They are the eighth-seeded in the conference and their next few games are going to be crucial for them. And through these crucial moments, they have lost a starting player, which is never ideal. However, his spot is up for grabs, and players like Dantzler and Boyd have a chance to rise on such an occasion.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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