Friday night’s preseason opener went pretty well for the Vikings from an injury standpoint. The only big exception was rookie DT Sharrif Floyd who suffered a knee injury and was forced to leave the game early. There was some concern initially that Floyd might have suffered damage to the knee so an MRI was ordered up. But the MRI showed no damage and Floyd is now expected to be fine.
As a precaution, Floyd was held out of practice over the weekend. We’ll see how quickly Sharrif gets back on the practice field. My guess is that he’ll be held out of this week’s preseason tilt against the Buffalo Bills. No reason to risk the promising first round draft pick in a meaningless preseason game. Of course it would be nice for him to get out there and get reps but health > reps at this point.
Oh one more rookie health update: Xavier Rhodes, who missed the preseason opener with a bad hammy, is back out on the field getting his practice in. We may see him against the Bills or we may not. This has been your official preseason injury update. Now back to worrying about how many series Christian Ponder will play.