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Updated: September 23rd, 2012 12:40pm
Vikings safety Mistral Raymond's ankle injury looks 'very serious'

Vikings safety Mistral Raymond's ankle injury looks 'very serious'

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond is likely to miss significant time after being carted off the field early in Sunday's 24-13 win over San Francisco with a right ankle injury.

"Just from the naked eye, it looks like a very serious injury," coach Leslie Frazier said. "But I don't know all the details, so we'll have to wait and see."

The injury occurred on the last play of the first quarter when Raymond was trying to tackle San Francisco halfback Frank Gore.

Upon hitting the ground, Raymond immediately cried out in pain and began summoning trainers to the field. Vikings athletic trainers immobilized Raymond's entire right leg before carrying him onto a cart, and he was on crutches with a thick wrap over the lower leg in the locker room after the game.

Jamarca Sanford replaced Raymond and made one of the game's pivotal plays, stripping Gore on the first play of a 49ers drive from their 43-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Sanford, who started 15 games last season but lost the job to Raymond in training camp, likely will start for as long as Raymond is out.

"I can't wait," Sanford said. "It's just another opportunity for me to show everybody what I can really do.

"Last year, I didn't play that bad, but I can always improve. I know I put in the work and know what it takes to be out there. I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity and just show everybody what I can do."

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