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Updated: August 17th, 2012 6:48pm
Solomon Elimimian, Robert Blanton among Vikings' scratches vs. Bills

Solomon Elimimian, Robert Blanton among Vikings' scratches vs. Bills

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Backup linebacker Solomon Elimimian was a surprise scratch for the Minnesota Vikings' exhibition game on Friday against the Buffalo Bills.

Elimimian, the Canadian Football League import, had an interception in last week's preseason opener at San Francisco. He hadn't missed any practice time because of injury but was spotted in sweats while teammates warmed up.

Also scratched was rookie safety Robert Blanton, the fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame who missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. He returned this past week, but the Vikings apparently want to be extra cautious.

Previously ruled out for Friday's game were: halfbacks Adrian Peterson (knee) and Jordan Todman (ankle), nose tackle Letroy Guion (knee), guard Geoff Schwartz (sports hernia surgery), receiver Kamar Jorden (hand), tackle DeMarcus Love (pectoral) and tight end John Carlson (knee).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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