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MyCole Pruitt, Antone Exum Jr. set for further testing on injured legs

A few Vikings starters with nagging injuries were held out of Sunday’s preseason game as a precaution. Though a couple more players were added to the list.

At least theycame away cleaner than the San Diego Chargers, who had multiple players helped off the field during the Vikings’ 23-10 win at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Tight end MyCole Pruitt and safety Antone Exum Jr. are set to undergo magnetic resonance imaging scans onMonday morning, sources told the Star Tribune. Head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Pruitt would need a MRIscan after injuring his left leg.

Pruitt, the second-year tight end, was injured on an 11-yard catch in the second quarter. He fumbled on the play, allowing Cordarrelle Patterson to recover the ball for a touchdown.

Exum Jr., a third-year safety, left in the first half after getting his leg twisted in a pileup on a kickoff return. He had an X-ray exam done, which didn’t show anything, Zimmer said. Exum Jr. had a brace on his left knee after the game.

Safety Michael Griffin was forced out of the game in the second quarter when his back locked up on him, according to Zimmer. Griffin, 31, was seen exiting the locker room on crutches.

Among the Vikings starters held out were defensive end Everson Griffen, left tackle Matt Kalil and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Second-year defensive end Danielle Hunter made the start for Griffen.

“Everson will be the starter,” Zimmer said. “Just had a couple issues and he’ll be fine. Like I said with Teddy [Bridgewater], I’m going to err on the side of caution with these guys.”

Bridgewater starts, Kalil and Rhodes don't play at U.S. Bank Stadium

Teddy Bridgewater lofted three consecutive 35-yard throws and started running toward the locker room before the final ball found its target.

Bridgewater appeared ready to go about 90 minutes before kickoff of the first football game to be played inside a brand new U.S. Bank Stadium. And it included the franchise quarterback, who started against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Running back Adrian Peterson will not play, marking his fifth straight preseason without a carry. Also not playing are left tackle Matt Kalil (leg), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), tight end Rhett Ellison (knee), defensive tackle Scott Crichton and safety Anthony Harris.

Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings is expected to start at left tackle in front of Bridgewater, who was a surprise sit last week in Seattle due to shoulder soreness. Trae Waynes will likely start in place of Rhodes.

Expected to makepreseason debuts Sunday are guard Brandon Fusco, receiver Jarius Wright and linebacker Eric Kendricks. Fusco, who had been held back by a shoulder injury, reintroduces himself at right guard.

Also check out Matt Vensel’s all-encompassing look at how the Vikings will be impacted by a return indoors.

Final, 8/28 1 2 3 4 F
San Diego 1-2 0 10 0 0 10
Minnesota 3-0 6 6 8 3 23

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