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Updated: August 24th, 2012 11:19pm
Josh Robinson suffers concussion, four other Vikings DBs hurt in loss

Josh Robinson suffers concussion, four other Vikings DBs hurt in loss

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Mistral Raymond wasn't the only safety injured on Friday night.

The Minnesota Vikings had starters Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford on the field in the fourth quarter of their 12-10 exhibition loss to San Diego after backups Andrew Sendejo (ankle) and Eric Frampton (groin) departed.

"You just can't afford to lose one of those guys now at this stage as we get closer to opening day," coach Leslie Frazier said. "So, fortunately, we finished without any further injuries, and hopefully, the injuries we do have ... aren't severe."

Raymond, who appears to have an edge on Sanford for the second starting job, felt his lower back tighten during pregame warmups and was taken for further examination.

"We're not sure what exactly is going on," Frazier said. "But his back tightened up on him, had trouble bending, so we've got to figure out what's going on with him."

Sendejo injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter and was seen riding past the locker room on a cart afterward. It was unclear when Frampton departed.

The Vikings already were down a safety entering the game because they decided to hold out rookie Robert Blanton, who has missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.

Two cornerbacks left with injuries as well. Rookie third-round draft pick Josh Robinson suffered a concussion and Marcus Sherels sprained an ankle.

Starting cornerback Chris Cook, who sat out Friday's game with his own concussion, is expected to return on Monday, Frazier said.

Frazier said it was not yet known whether the injuries suffered by Sendejo or Sherels were high ankle sprains or not.

The only other player known to have dropped out of the game was rookie tight end Rhett Ellison, who got hit on the knee and was to undergo an MRI, Frazier said.

The Vikings announced eight scratches before the game: receiver Kamar Jorden (hand), cornerback Chris Cook (concussion), fullback Ryan D'Imperio (unknown), guard Bridger Buche (knee), guard Geoff Schwartz (sports hernia surgery), tight end John Carlson (knee), nose tackle Letroy Guion (knee) and halfback Adrian Peterson (knee).

Raymond, tackle DeMarcus Love (pectoral) and linebacker Larry Dean (shoulder) also didn't dress.

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