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Updated: September 3rd, 2012 11:20am
Mistral Raymond, Josh Robinson return to Vikings practice while 4 sit

Mistral Raymond, Josh Robinson return to Vikings practice while 4 sit

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mistral Raymond and Josh Robinson were participating when the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Monday, a good sign both young defensive backs will be ready for Sunday's opener against Jacksonville.

"Yes, both those guys have been cleared," coach Leslie Frazier said. "They went through practice (Monday). We expect to have them go full out Wednesday as well."

Raymond, the second-year pro likely to start opposite rookie Harrison Smith, was a late scratch for the Vikings' third preseason game on Aug. 24 against San Diego and missed Thursday's exhibition finale at Houston.

On Monday, Raymond said he still doesn't know the nature of the injury but it wasn't related to his past hydration troubles and isn't an issue anymore.

"It was just completely out of nowhere," Raymond said. "No aftereffects. No side effects. It was just a weird deal. It just came and went."

Robinson, the third-round draft pick from Central Florida, suffered a concussion in the Vikings' third of the same game. He didn't practice last week and sat out on Thursday as well.

The Vikings are counting on Robinson to play a role on defense following the release of veteran cornerback Chris Carr and also may use him in the return game against the Jaguars if Marcus Sherels (ankle) isn't ready.

Sherels, who was injured in the same game as Robinson, didn't practice on Sunday. Neither did receiver Jarius Wright, linebacker Marvin Mitchell and safety Andrew Sendejo, who all are dealing with ankle injuries.

Of that group, Frazier said Mitchell likely is in the most danger of missing Sunday's game.

"He has a high ankle sprain, so that takes a little more time," Frazier said. "Sendejo, Marcus, Jarius -- we're going to see how they do."

Wright, who downplayed the injury after Thursday's game, said on Monday he's still not concerned.

"I'm feeling fine," Wright said. "I'm very confident I'll be back, so the ankle is of no real worry to me."

The Vikings don't have to file an official injury report until Wednesday.

Four new additions to the roster -- cornerback A.J. Jefferson (trade with Arizona), tackle Mark Asper (waivers from Buffalo) and practice-squad receivers Tori Gurley (waived by Green Bay) and Chris Summers (waived by Chicago) -- all were on the field for practice.

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