Look around at some of the devastating injuries that have hit various NFL training camps [cough Percy Harvin cough] and you realize how lucky the Vikings have been on the health front so far. But even the Vikings do not have a 100% clean record when it comes to health. They’ve got their banged up guys too. That (thankfully short) list now includes Xavier Rhodes, who missed practice on Friday and is listed as day-to-day.
The rookie Rhodes, who has been impressive in camp so far (what Vikings rookie HASN’T been impressive in camp), is reportedly battling a hamstring issue. The injury evidently happened on Thursday when Rhodes was making a tackle on a running play. The cornerback was slow to get up after the play and was seen limping off the field. He returned a short time later but obviously something stiffened up so he was held out of Friday’s practice.
It’s too early to say if this is a thing that will linger for Rhodes and possibly slow up his thus far quick development. Obviously we hope it’s just a small thing that will clear up quickly. Rhodes is young and limber and shouldn’t have too much trouble coming back from this apparent tweak.
Oh and Rhodes wasn’t the only Viking DB held out of practice Friday. Mistral Raymond also had to sit with a hamstring problem of his own.
Speaking of hammies…Desmond Bishop at one point on Friday was seen limping off the field and being tended to in the medical tent by Eric Sugarman. Bishop did return, but obviously you have to still be somewhat concerned given his history of hamstring problems. He missed all of 2012 due to a tear and is only just getting back into shape.