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Mistral Raymond Injury: Vikings Safety Injures Back In Pregame Warmups

Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond was a late scratch from Friday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers after he experienced back pain during pregame warmups, reports Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Fowler also noted that although Raymond appears to be in line for a starting spot, it wasn't a given that he was going to start Friday's game:

Safety Jamarca Sanford got the start alongside Harrison Smith, which wasn't unexpected anyway. The Vikings wanted to give Sanford another shot to compete for a starting spot, though Raymond has the inside track.

Raymond was a sixth-round pick out of South Florida in 2011. He played in 10 games for the Vikings last season, finishing with 10 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed.

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