EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings Wednesday released wide receiver Terry LeCount, running back David Nelson and guard Paul Sverchek and added three players including veteran receiver Billy Waddy.
Viking coach Les Steckel had called LeCount, a seven-year player from Florida, one of his starters last week along with Sammy White and Mike Jones. But White indicated he wanted to be traded because there were only two positions -- split end and flanker -- and three players.
LeCount had beaten out Waddy in training camp. But Steckel said they wanted a backup kickoff returner and were concerned about LeCount's 'attitude.'
'I can sense attitude,' Steckel said. 'I can tell when a person has a good attitude or a bad attitude. It just takes common sense. But that's not the main reason.'
Steckel said he wanted players 'who want to play football' above all else and sensed LeCount felt otherwise.
'You want nothing but great attitudes and there's a handful of them that don't have that. Every team has that,' Steckel said. 'We're going to weed them out.'
LeCount has played sparingly this season and apparently did not want to return kickoffs as Steckel requested.
'He made a comment that he wasn't shocked by (the release),' Steckel said. 'That shocked me.'
LeCount, who was notified before meetings Wednesday, said he was 'relieved.'
'I'm probably the most relieved guy to be released,' he said. 'Now I can go home, watch TV. I don't have to worry about getting up early in the morning.'
Nelson and Sverchek were primarily backups and did not see much action.
Besides Waddy, the Vikings re-signed running back Maurice Turner and added guard Matt Hernandez, who was recently released by Seattle.
The Vikings offensive line has been decimated by injuries and suffered another blow Wednesday when center Jim Hough went down with a sore calf muscle. Steckel said he was not figuring on having Hough in the lineup Sunday against Atlanta.
'He just ran and pulled it,' Steckel said of Hough.
Waddy, a seven-year veteran from Colorado, had played for Steckel at Colorado. Originally a second-round draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams, was released by the Vikings on Aug. 27, the final roster cutdown day.
Steckel said they had gambled in releasing Waddy and Turner, hoping they would not be picked up by another team.
The Viking coach also indicated the players can expect more player changes.
'It will be that way for a few more weeks,' he said.