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Vikings to Be Without RT Brian O’Neill, Possibly Others in Friday’s Preseason Opener

The Vikings won’t have one of their tackles on Friday when they battle the Vikings, as the Associated Press reports that second-year right tackle Brian O’Neill won’t play against the New Orleans Saints.

Coach Mike Zimmer talked about other players on Wednesday that could be limited or held out of the first preseason matchup.

O’Neill has missed the past two practices. He was an observer on Wednesday with a brace on his right arm. Coach Mike Zimmer said he might hold out “one or two but not very many” players against the Saints.

Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph missed three straight days with a “minor” injury, according to Zimmer, but practiced the past two days. Defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen could be held out after being limited in training camp practices.

Reserve offensive tackle Aviante Collins didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a left leg injury and is unlikely to play.

Cornerback Mike Hughes and tight end David Morgan are on the physically unable to perform list. Hughes is returning from knee surgery that ended his rookie season in 2018. Defensive end Tashawn Bower is on the non-football injury list with a torn Achilles.


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