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Vikings Injury Update: Josh Robinson Returns, John Carlson Out Longer Than Expected

The Minnesota Vikings have had to deal with a rather large injury burden already this training camp when remembering Adrian Peterson began the year on the physically unable to perform list. Thankfully they were able to avoid issue with their first-round pick, too, as Matt Kalil aced his MRI on Monday evening.

Kalil suffered an injured thumb in the week's opening practice. The MRI reveled no damage, however, and Charlie Johnson was able to retake his role as backup offensive lineman before Monday night's practice was even over.

The injury to Kalil isn't the only one the Vikings are keeping an eye on in training camp, however, as our friends at 1500 ESPN have a rundown of the other ailing Vikings following Monday's practice.

  • Josh Robinson, the team's third-round pick, returned to practice on Monday after sitting out pieces of training camp with a hurt hamstring. He's expected to make his preseason debut this week.
  • John Carlson, the team's new tight end coming over from the Seattle Seahawks, was initially projected to miss just two weeks. It's been two weeks, however, but his right knee is still giving him problems so head coach Leslie Frazier said he'll be out until Sunday at the earliest.
  • Fifth-round pick Robert Blanton also returned to practice after sitting out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury of his own, helping give depth to the defensive backfield.
  • Running back Jared Todman tried to practice, but apparently looked "very ginger." He's probably not going to be able to play this week's preseason game.
  • Defensive end Jeff Charleston sat out with headaches, not the ankle injury that required an MRI last week.
  • Three players have already been declared "out" for Friday's preseason game: Geoff Schwartz (sports hernia surgery), nose tackle Letroy Guion (knee) and receiver Kamar Jorden (hand).

That seems a bit lengthy for the preseason, but such is life with the Vikings, it seems.

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