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Updated: September 26th, 2012 12:40pm
Mistral Raymond could be back in 3 weeks; Kyle Rudolph has sore thigh

Mistral Raymond could be back in 3 weeks; Kyle Rudolph has sore thigh

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mistral Raymond could be back in less than a month after a specialist confirmed the Minnesota Vikings' starting strong safety doesn't need surgery on his injured right ankle.

The Vikings' doctors "think maybe three to five weeks maybe before we'll get him back," coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. "So, we'll see how that goes."

That timeline figures to have Raymond back after a Thursday night game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 25, if not sooner. The bye falls after their Nov. 11 game against Detroit at home.

Frazier said on Monday that Raymond partially dislocated the ankle while trying to tackle 49ers halfback Frank Gore on the final play of the first quarter in Sunday's 24-13 win. He was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game with the leg heavily wrapped.

"They confirmed that there was no need for surgery," Frazier said. "So, that was good news."

Three other players were expected to miss most or all of Wednesday's practice as the Vikings prepared for Sunday's visit for Detroit.

That list includes tight end Kyle Rudolph, who apparently is dealing with a previously unrevealed thigh bruise.

Rudolph was limited to a rehabilitation workout with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and had a large wrap on his left leg.

"Yeah, he's just a little sore," Frazier said. "So, give him a day here, see how he feels (Thursday)."

Linebacker Erin Henderson hasn't passed tests after reporting concussion symptoms to the team last Wednesday.

"That's what we're hoping," Frazier said. "We've got to let him continue to go through the protocol, and we're hoping maybe we may get him (Thursday). Got my fingers crossed, hoping that'll be the case."

Right end Jared Allen, who missed time on Sunday because of neck spasms, was expected to be limited in practice as a precaution.

Frazier didn't mention end D'Aundre Reed, who sat out on Sunday with a calf strain. He was on the field on Wednesday.

So was receiver Jarius Wright, who has missed the first three games as he continues to work his way back from the ankle he sprained in the Aug. 30 exhibition finale at Houston.

"He's just about there, at that point, a week ago," Frazier said. "We just felt like, give him another week, let him practice a little bit more.

"There were some things we saw in practice that said, 'Ah, give him a little bit more time.' But we felt like getting past this past week would help him."

If Wright is ready to go, that could impact the Vikings' decision on the move they have to make by 3 p.m. Thursday to clear room for Jerome Simpson on the 53-man roster.

The Vikings currently are carrying six receivers, plus another on the practice squad.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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