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QB Taylor Heinicke placed on NFI, 3 other Minnesota Vikings out

Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list after showing up at training camp with a cast on his lower left leg.

The Minnesota Vikings are without four players as they start training camp, including backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who reportedly severed a tendon above his left ankle earlier this month when trying to help a friend get into a residence that had been locked. He had surgery to repair the tendon.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t have a timetable for Heinicke’s return, saying “he’ll be out for a while.”

Zimmer said Heinicke called him the day of the injury.

Zimmer’s reaction to the news then?

“Darn it!” he said, clearly cleaning it up for the cameras after looking around for his director of public relations Bob Hagan.

The Vikings have been rumored to be among the teams considering signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles, who asked for and was granted his release by the Los Angeles Rams. Zimmer indicated the Vikings wouldn’t make an immediate move to bring in another quarterback.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. At this particular time, today, we’ve talked about these things, but not today,” he said. “I don’t know if a week from now we change our minds or something, but at this time, no.”

Foles started the first nine games for the Rams last year, producing a 4-5 record and throwing seven touchdowns and six interceptions, before he was benched in favor of Case Keenum. The Rams drafted QB Jared Goff No. 1 overall this spring.

Heinicke’s injury leaves the Vikings with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter, 15-year veteran Shaun Hill as the backup and undrafted rookie Joel Stave as their quarterbacks in camp.

Stave moves up into the No. 3 role that Heinicke had.

“He’ll get some more reps,” Zimmer said of Stave. “He throws the ball well. He’s still learning. You’ve got to see him when people are around him. You’ve got to see how fast he thinks. … He throws the ball good. He’s got a nice arm. He’s a good athlete, got the good size.”

In addition to putting Heinicke on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, guard Mike Harris was put on Active/Non-Football Illness and tight end Rhett Ellison (knee) and DT Kenrick Ellis (unknown) on the physically unable to perform list.

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