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Notebook: Minnesota Vikings LT Matt Kalil sitting after injury

Matt Kalil was sidelined for Wednesday’s practice after an injury in Tuesday’s practice, and the starting cornerbacks were held out of practice, too, while Teddy Bridgewater opened it up more.

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil didn’t practice on Wednesday after leaving practice on Tuesday with what appeared to be a leg injury.

Kalil attended practice but wasn’t in pads and didn’t participate.

“I’m not concerned,” head coach Mike Zimmer said, then playfully continued after making it clear over the last week he isn’t thrilled with injury questions. “Well, actually I am concerned. I’m going to go home and cry tonight. Is that a good line?”

But when asked if Kalil is OK, Zimmer said, “Yes, he’s fine.”

T.J. Clemmings took Kalil’s reps at left tackle, Carter Bykowski was elevated to second-team left tackle and rookie Willie Beavers, who had been playing guard, took turns at left tackle with the third-team offense. But there were other alterations in the starting lineups, too.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes remained out after what was reported as a hamstring injury in Thursday night’s game and the other starting cornerback, Terence Newman, didn’t participate in full-team drills.

Last year’s first-round pick, Trae Waynes, took Rhodes’ reps at right cornerback and this year’s second-round pick, Mackensie Alexander, took Newman’s reps at left cornerback.

Safety Anthony Harris returned to practice but didn’t take full-team reps, and DT Scott Crichton remained out.

The Vikings opened up Teddy Bridgewater’s repertoire of passes, as he threw deep a couple times in Wednesday’s practice after taking limited reps on Tuesday as he comes back from what ESPN reported as a sore shoulder.

Bridgewater threw a 40-yard pass in the air to tight end Kyle Rudolph deep down the right sideline that was overthrown, but Captain Munnerlyn was flagged for pass interference. Bridgewater did connect with Adam Thielen on a pass that traveled about 25 yards in the air.

“I thought he threw the ball good,” Zimmer said after Wednesday’s practice.

On Tuesday, Bridgewater’s throws were all limited to 20 yards or less.


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