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Updated: May 29th, 2014 1:28pm
Handful of Vikings, including Matt Kalil, held back in Thursday's OTA

Handful of Vikings, including Matt Kalil, held back in Thursday's OTA

by Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings were without starting left tackle Matt Kalil during Thursday's OTA practice as he's recovering from a surgery he had over a month ago, coach Mike Zimmer said. 

Zimmer didn't specify Kalil's injury, though he did say safety Andrew Sendejo had a prodcedure on his back and is also out indefinitely. Safety Jamarca Sanford and cornerback Josh Robinson are "day-to-day" with muscle pulls, Zimmer said, and were held back on Thursday. 

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph was also limited with an unspecified ailment that Zimmer said the Vikings knew about before they signed him via free agency in March. 

Four of the Vikings top five draft picks were gone from Thursday's OTA (2nd of 10 sessions). First-round pick Teddy Bridgewater was selected to attend the 20th annual NFL Player's Association Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles and will miss Thursday's and Friday's OTAs. 

The Vikings' first overall pick in linebacker Anthony Barr, along with third-round pick Scott Crichton and fifth-round selection David Yankey, are soon-to-be PAC-12 alumni and will miss most of the team's May and June workouts to finish up school, which is on the quarter system. 

Undrafted free agent tackle Pierce Burton appeared to be held on with a wrap on his right wrist. 

Sixth-round pick and cornerback Kendall James played a lot as the Vikings' second-team nickelback, but was helped off the field by trainers on Thursday after he was shaken up on a collision downfield. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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