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Updated: September 24th, 2012 12:40pm
Vikings get good news on Mistral Raymond, who won't need ankle surgery

Vikings get good news on Mistral Raymond, who won't need ankle surgery

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mistral Raymond will miss some time, but the Minnesota Vikings got good news on their starting strong safety's right ankle injury on Monday.

Tests showed no fracture in the ankle, coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday, and Raymond won't need surgery. He will miss some time with what Frazier described as a "significant" injury that includes a bone bruise but is not a high ankle sprain either.

Frazier did say that Raymond "subluxed" the ankle. A subluxation is defined as an, "incomplete or partial dislocation."

Raymond, the second-year pro from South Florida, was carted off after suffering the injury on the final play of the first quarter in Sunday's 24-13 win over San Francisco. He was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game with the lower leg heavily wrapped.

Jamarca Sanford took over and is expected to start in Raymond's place on Sunday at Detroit.

"I thought he did a good job when he got in there," Frazier said when asked how he thought Sanford looked. "He had the one play down the sideline with (tight end Vernon) Davis, who presents a lot of problems for anybody that tries to cover him in a one-on-one situation.

"But other than that, he tackled well, had a big tackle against (Frank) Gore in the open field. That was good to see. (He) was good on his assignments. I thought he did a really good job."

Sanford, in fact, stripped Gore on the first play of a 49ers drive from their 43-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Marvin Mitchell recovered for the Vikings.

Sanford did give up a 20-yard completion to Davis at the Vikings' 1-yard line in the third quarter, setting up San Francisco's only touchdown of the day.

Frazier said the transition from Raymond to Sanford, who started 15 games last season, won't limit the Vikings in what they do defensively.

"He practices the same defenses that Mistral would practice if he were in there," Frazier said. "We won't really alter things a great deal. It just means that he'll have more opportunities to make plays. But we'll still call the defense the way we've been calling it."

In other injury news, linebacker Erin Henderson still has not passed post-concussion tests, so the Vikings remain in "wait-and-see mode," Frazier said. Marvin Mitchell started in place of Henderson on Sunday.

End Jared Allen, who dropped out temporarily with neck spasms on Sunday, had an MRI that showed nothing significant. He should be fine.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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