The Vikings waived defensive end Erasmus James today, according to the team’s website. One of the Vikings’ two first-round picks in the 2005 draft — receiver Troy Williamson was the other — James was waived after failing to pass his physical.
James, who is recovering from three operations on his left knee in a 13-month period, did very limited work during the Vikings’ opening four days (Monday-Thursday) of organized team activities this week. "We decided today to waive Erasmus and we wish the best for him in the future," Vikings coach Brad Childress said in a statement on the team’s website.
James originally was injured in Week 2 of the 2006 season against Carolina when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and sprained his medial collateral ligament.
James continued to be slowed into last season and was inactive for six of the first seven games. He also battled a shoulder injury in October of last season. He made his first start of last season on Dec. 2 against Detroit but re-injured the knee and underwent season-ending ACL surgery.
My initial thought is that James' knees are too far gone to expect him to contribute quickly. But like with Brodie Croyle, the Chiefs' current situation does leave some time for players to develop.
Thoughts on James playing for the Chiefs?
H/T Daily Norseman