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Training camp Day 13 quick hits: Floyd, Rhodes, Bishop will play Fri.

• Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after Monday’s practice that the usual suspects who have been injured this past week should be ready to suit up and play in Friday’s second preseason game at the Buffalo Bills.

Including rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who had an MRI done on his left knee just a day ago that turned up negative. Floyd was cut from behind on a block in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason opener and sat out the rest of the game.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who had dealt with a hamstring injury, as well as linebacker Desmond Bishop, who had been battling a groin injury, will also play.

• Cornerback Jacob Lacey had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Monday and missed practice. Frazier said he expects Lacey to be out 2 to 4 weeks.

• Defensive tackle Christian Ballard was the only other player to miss Monday’s practice, sitting out for what Frazier called a “groin injury and personal reasons.”

• Linebacker Audie Cole returned to practice Monday after sitting out Sunday. Cole took reps at his usual position as backup middle linebacker, even making a stop of running back Matt Asiata at the line of scrimmage during team drills.

• Defensive tackle Fred Evans was taking first-team snaps at nose tackle over Letroy Guion, who had previously been in with the first team defense.

Guion limped off the practice field on Monday, but the injury did not appear serious as he was able to leave under his own power.

• Led by defensive end Jared Allen, the majority of the team began to chant “Shells! Shells!” before practice started, alluding to a plea for Frazier to allow the team to practice without pads on.

The Mankato weather has been anything but unbearable, often in the 70-degree range with cloud cover and a nice breeze the past few weeks, which isn’t ideal for Frazier.

“This CBA [that eliminated two-a-day padded practices], and then you get weather like this? It’s a player’s dream,” Frazier said. “I like a little heat. I think it’s good for our linemen to sweat a little bit.”

“I can’t remember so many consecutive days where we get days like this. Beautiful day. Our guys appreciate it.”

• In short-yardage drills, quarterback Christian Ponder and the first-team offense were able to cross the goal line in two plays. Backup quarterback Matt Cassel and the lower-string running backs didn’t make it in three plays, the fourth play ended with a false start by center Joe Berger.

• Two interceptions were had on Monday — one by cornerback A.J. Jefferson, who had an impressive practice on Monday, and the other by defensive end Brian Robison, who deflected a Ponder pass and came down with the ball.

Jefferson jumped a route by receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, picking off Cassel in the process. Jefferson also deflected a McLeod Bethel-Thompson pass to receiver Adam Thielen in one-on-one drills.

• Jefferson and cornerback Xavier Rhodes both received time at starting cornerback in the Vikings often-used nickel formation.

• Both cornerback Marcus Sherels and center Joe Berger suffered through a death in the family recently and Frazier spoke about it after Monday’s practice.

“For our players to reach out to Marcus [Sherels] and Joe Berger as well, who suffered a loss last week, for our players and our organization to reach out to both of those guys like they have, I think it sends a strong message to all of our players that we care about a person, beyond what he does on a football field,” Frazier said.

by Andrew Krammer

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