Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings strong safety Mistral Raymond (41) on the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mistral Raymond Heads to Injured Reserve

Mistral Raymond’s shot at making the roster as a safety came to an abrupt end when he suffered a leg injury in Saturday’s preseason game against Kansas City, an injury that prompted the Vikes to release him with a waived-injured designation in Monday’s first wave of roster cuts.

The long time-Viking cleared waivers as expected and has now reverted to injured reserve, reports the Star-Trib’s Matt Vensel.

What the plan might be for Raymond long-term is anybody’s guess. He was tottering on the brink of being cut even without the injury, and now he will simply be taking up a spot on IR.

Injury issues have dogged Raymond throughout his career, including the 2012 season when the Vikings named him a starting safety out of camp only to watch him struggle with physical setbacks.

Raymond is set to be a free agent after the 2014 season but I can’t imagine there will be a huge market for his services. Oft-injured marginal defensive backs generally speaking are not the most sought after commodities.

Raymond did show some spunk as a special teams player this preseason but we’ll never know if that would have been enough to sneak him onto the final 53.

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