Minnesota started to trim its roster a day before needing to get to the regular-season, 53-man roster limit.
There weren't many big surprises among the initial round of cuts, but troubled receiver Cayleb Jones was among the first players released.
Jones, who was already facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, was also arrested this week and is facing charges of felony-level theft, misdemeanor domestic assault and a gross misdemeanor for interfering with a 911 call.
“We just got through knowing all the situation with it,” Zimmer told reporters after the team's final preseason game in Tennessee. “We’re going to sit down tomorrow and discuss it but I’m not happy about it.’’
Minnesota also released: OL Kareem Are, OL Kaleb Johnson, OL Dieugot Joseph, DB Trevon Mathis, RB Kobe McCrary, FB Luke McNitt, LB Mike Needham, QB Peter Pujals, C J.P. Quinn, WR Korey Robertson, LB Brett Taylor, WR Jake Wieneke and LB Antwione Williams.