The CFL's hardest hitter last season has been released by the Minnesota Vikings.
Linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who helped the B.C. Lions win the Grey Cup in 2011, was among 15 players let go by the Vikings on Saturday.
The six-foot, 230-pound Elimimian spent two productive seasons with B.C. before signing a two-year deal with the Vikings following the 2011 campaign. Elimimian, 25, was named the CFL's top rookie in 2010 before posting 98 tackles with the Lions in 2011.
A native of Nigeria who grew up in Los Angeles, Elimimian was also named the CFL's hardest hitter in a player poll conducted last year.
Elimimian now has 10 days to sign with another NFL team before his rights revert back to the Lions (6-2), who not only sport the CFL's best record but also the league's top-ranked defence with newcomer Adam Bighill replacing Elimimian at middle linebacker.
Elimimian went into the Vikings camp with a hamstring injury but played the first exhibition game against San Francisco, recording two tackles and an interception. He sat out the second game against Buffalo but had two tackles and an assist in Minnesota's 12-10 loss to San Diego on Friday night.