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O'Neill, Joseph will not play for Vikings vs. Seahawks

The Vikings listed nine players not expected to play during Sunday night’s exhibition against the Seahawks.

Among them are right tackle Brian O’Neill, who has missed the past seven practices due to an arm injury, and tackle Aviante Collins (leg), nose tackle Linval Joseph (shoulder), defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Ade Aruna.

Running back Dalvin Cook also may not play as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has said he’s wary of putting Cook on artificial turf ahead of the season. Cook suited up, but did not play during last week’s preseason opener in New Orleans.

Starters, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, are expected to play through the first quarter, at least.

Two players on the Physically Unable to Perform list — cornerback Mike Hughes (knee) and tight end David Morgan — also won’t play. Neither will defensive end Tashawn Bower (Achilles), who remains on the non-football injury list. Zimmer has not said whether Hughes or Morgan will be ready for Sept. 8’s regular season opener vs. the Falcons.

Vikings sign former Gophers tight end Nate Wozniak as a tackle

The Vikings have a former Gophers player on the roster once again.

Former Gophers tight end Nate Wozniak, who went undrafted in 2018 and transitioned to offensive tackle with the Saints, signed with the Vikings on Sunday, the team announced. He spent last season on the Saints practice squad before he was released on Wednesday.

Guard Tyler Catalina, who was claimed off waivers on Aug. 1, was waived to open a roster spot.

Wozniak, listed 6-foot-10 and 302 pounds, joins the preseason 90-man roster as the Vikings deal with injuries to two tackles. However, optimism was expressed by head coach Mike Zimmer last week that ailments with Brian O’Neill (arm) and Aviante Collins (leg) were “short-term.” Both sat out Friday’s preseason-opening win in New Orleans.

Wozniak had 28 catches for 314 yards during four seasons for the University of Minnesota.

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