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Rookie Sharrif Floyd ‘a little sore,’ will have MRI on left knee

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will have an MRI on his left knee done after being cut from behind on a block in Friday’s 27-13 preseason loss to the Houston Texans.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Floyd would be fine after the loss, but on Sunday morning the rookie was a little sorer than he had been previously and will be cautiously held out of practice.

“We’re not overly concerned, by everything I’ve been told, he was just sore,” Frazier said. “We want to err on the side of caution. He fell on the knee, was a little sore this morning. The fact that he was sorer than he was yesterday, we just decided we need to make sure there’s nothing else going on.”

Floyd was present, but did not participate in Sunday morning’s walkthrough as he stood on the sidelines with a white sleeve over the injured leg. Floyd said Friday the injury would be a non-issue moving forward.

“Other than the fact he was sore, there’s nothing else overly concerning,” Frazier said.

Lacey out 2-4 weeks

Cornerback Jacob Lacey did not suit up for Friday’s preseason opener and Frazier said the team will conduct arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Frazier said Lacey would be out 2-4 weeks and that he’s not certain of the damage — whether it’s ligament, cartilage, etc.

This marks another setback for Lacey, who has been designated as the team’s backup nickel corner. Lacey sat out a week of mandatory minicamps in late June after dislocating his right thumb.

The Detroit Lions placed Lacey on injured reserve last season after he dislocated his left knee in a Week 15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Who’s in?

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who sat out Friday’s game with a hamstring injury, will take part in Sunday’s practice after missing last week.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop (groin) will practice after missing most of last week and Friday’s game due to injury.

Cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle) will practice.

Who’s out?

Defensive tackle Christian Ballard recorded a sack in Friday’s game, but was pulled from the game and will sit out Sunday’s practice with a groin injury.

Safety Brandan Bishop led the Vikings with six solo tackles and one assist in Friday’s loss. Frazier said Bishop may sit out Sunday’s practice with an illness.
by Andrew Krammer

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