EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings released defensive end Nick Rogers and placed veteran safety Tyrone Carter on injured reserve Sunday.

Carter was one of 12 players dismissed before Saturday's practice, but none of the moves were made official until the Sunday afternoon deadline. That allowed them to keep Carter on IR instead of releasing him and negotiating an injury settlement, which can take some time.

Carter, who sprained his knee in the second preseason game and wasn't expected back until sometime in October, returned to the Vikings as a free agent in March after playing for the New York Jets in 2003.

Rogers, drafted in the sixth round out of Georgia Tech in 2002, was a linebacker who showed better potential as a pass rusher _ so Minnesota moved him to end before the season. But with first-round pick Kenechi Udeze and third-rounder Darrion Scott joining veterans Kenny Mixon, Lance Johnstone and Chuck Wiley at that position, the Vikings ran out of room for Rogers.