Vikings OTA injury update

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer discusses the progress of several injured players on the team.

The Minnesota Vikings were taking it easy Thursday during organized team activities and resting up multiple players. Captain Munnerlyn, Anthony Barr, Michael Mauti, Phil Loadholt, Rhett Ellison and Brian Robison were present at practice but were not participating or were participating on a limited basis. Then there was Tom Johnson and Casey Matthews, who were both absent from the Thursday practice.

Head coach Mike Zimmer seems to be pretty confident that most, if not all, the players will be ready to go next week for the team’s mandatory minicamp. At Thursday’s practice you could already see Robison doing some running, but they just want to make sure they don’t rush anybody.

“I anticipate (Robison) will probably be back out here next week, yes,” Zimmer said. “But we’re going to be careful with him, you know, we may give him some of the individual work and some of the situation stuff, but we’re going to be careful with him. Same with Loadholt, I anticipate he’ll be out here a little bit this next week. And we’re still trying to be a little careful with (Brandon) Fusco.”

Another player who has been out that Zimmer is hopeful will be ready to go at minicamp is Barr. His injury is a little bit of a mystery because Zimmer never really wants to discuss the details of it.

He did say that the injury is not the same one that ended Barr’s rookie season prematurely last year, and he said that he is getting better.

“He’s over the hump now so I anticipate him being, getting some next week,” Zimmer said. “I don’t know how much.

“He’s got another injury, but I really don’t want to talk about it. He’s going to be fine.”

The one player who remains a mystery is Matthews. The Vikings signed the linebacker this offseason as a free agent and he has yet to practice with the team. Again, Zimmer was vague when describing the injury.

“It just kind of happened, it wasn’t really anything that we could pinpoint,” he said.

The Vikings have suffered their fair share of injuries this offseason but it appears most of those players are starting to get healthy and should be ready to go for minicamp next week.

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