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Jul 27, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond (41) returns an interception in drills at training camp at Blakeslee Fields. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Mistral Raymond Exits Preseason Opener With Concussion Symptoms

Safeties keep dropping like flies for the Vikings. The latest to feel the sting of the injury bug is Mistral Raymond who suffered a head injury in the first quarter of Friday night’s preseason opener and was forced to leave with concussion-like symptoms.

Concerns about safety depth have already led the Vikings to make one roster move, signing veteran Chris Crocker. The Vikes are also without Robert Blanton who may miss the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. Jamarca Sanford was forced to sit out the preseason opener after suffering back spasms.

The Vikings had been without Andrew Sendejo, who began camp on PUP, but they finally got him back and he was able to suit up for Friday night.

With the second safety spot alongside Harrison Smith in full merry-go-round mode, it was anyone’s guess who would get the start against the Raiders. Kurt Coleman ended up being the man, but others including the now-injured Raymond were soon rotated in.

Mike Zimmer is still trying to figure out who he can play with in the back end of his secondary. My gut tells me it will be Chris Crocker when all is said and done. For now, Mistral Raymond is in a precarious position.

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