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Vikings Injury Report: Geoff Schwartz Returns To Practice, Five Defensive Backs Are Out

The Minnesota Vikings received good news on Sunday when offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz returned to practice. The right guard isn't quite ready to contribute quite yet, but his being closer is a good sign for the depth on the offensive line.

Schwartz missed nearly all of training camp with a sports hernia, but the Pioneer Press reports that he was back at practice -- helmet and all -- on Sunday.

The Vikings got word of Schwartz's injury Aug. 4, and he underwent surgery three days later. The Vikings likely will ease him back into action, but he was in a helmet with the rest of teammates during the Monday, Aug. 27 session. This is a good sign for the Vikings' depth on the line.

It's uncertain whether Schwartz will be ready for the Sept. 9 opener against Jacksonville.

It seems that Brandon Fusco is currently slated to start at right guard, but if Schwartz is relegated to backup duty, the veteran should be able to sub in at a few positions for the Vikings.

On the other side of things, six players -- cornerback Josh Robinson (concussion), cornerback Chris Carr (back), safety Mistral Raymond (back), safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle), cornerback Marcus Sherels (ankle) and fullback Ryan D'Imperio (shoulder) -- missed Sunday's practice due to injury.

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