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Mistral Raymond Injury: Bad Timing For Vikings Cornerback

The Minnesota Vikings can ill-afford to lose players to injury, especially ones on the secondary. The team is thin on the back end defensively and with Mistral Raymond going down due to a back ailment, it makes things even tougher in a pas-happy NFC North. Before the third exhibition contest, Raymond felt stiffness in his back, forcing him to miss the game.

Raymond has shown some potential in his young career. A second-year safety, Raymond appeared in 10 games last year and looked to be having a fine preseason in 2012, putting himself in the conversation to become a starter, according to twincities.com.

"I wish he would have played last ballgame to see if he would have been able to carry over what he did from the Bills game, because he did play well that game," defensive coordinator Alan Williams said Monday at Winter Park. "He looked like a starter to me at that ballgame."

There's currently no specific timetable for Raymond's return.

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