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Kalil held out of Vikings practice with leg injury

After he was forced to exit consecutive practices on Sunday and Tuesday, left tackle Matt Kalil was held out of Wednesday’s practice with an apparent leg injury.

Kalil initially hobbled off the practice field under his own power on Sunday, and returned briefly Tuesday before he was forced to shed his shoulder pads and become a spectator. Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings continued to fill in for Kalil at left tackle.

Head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t say much  about injuries, and he had a little fun with the latest inquiry about  Kalil — only after saying he wasn’t concerned.

“Well, actually I am concerned,” Zimmer quipped. “I’m going to go home and cry tonight. Is that a good line?”

The injury to Kalil continued the Vikings’ shuffle along the offensive line, where Joe Berger and John Sullivan continue to swap days as the starting center. Also sidelined with  Kalil were  cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) and defensive tackle Scott Crichton.

Second-year safety Anthony Harris returned to practice Wednesday after nearly two weeks away due to an undisclosed injury.

Looking on track to make his preseason debut Sunday, linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) participated in full for a consecutive practice.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw at practice for a consecutive day, which is a good sign after he was limited over the weekend. Bridgewater completed 14 of 17 passes in team drills, extending his range from the day before with completions beyond 20 yards and one ball about 40 yards deep that fell incomplete in front of tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Teddy Bridgewater says he expects to play Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Wednesday he expects to play in Sunday’s preseason opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Bridgewater returned on a limited basis Tuesday during practice, taking part in short-yardage and red zone situations while stepping aside when quarterbacks lined up at the 35-yard line for deep passes in individual drills. He was a last-minute scratch of last week’s preseason game in Seattle, reportedly dealing with a sore shoulder.

“I didn’t see any limitations yesterday,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “He threw all the passes that we need him to throw and, like I said, was extremely accurate.”

Bridgewater said “of course” he expects to play against the San Diego Chargers in the Vikings’ third exhibition, which traditionally marks the final preseason work for starters. Though how long he’ll play has not been declared, according to Turner.

“Coach [Mike Zimmer] hasn’t decided that yet,” Turner said. “We’re getting him ready to practice to prepare for the game.”

On Tuesday, Zimmer declined to say whether or not Adrian Peterson would play Sunday and end his five-year run of not taking a preseason carry. Though Zimmer has made clear that if Peterson plays, he’ll see a decent amount of work with his fellow starters.

Zimmer briefly interjected into Turner’s press conference to ask, tongue in cheek: “Hey, is Adrian playing this week? Is there a competitive advantage?”

Multiple questions to Bridgewater about his shoulder were deferred to Zimmer, including whether or not the issue arose before last week’s trip to Seattle, if he has any physical limitations as well as what the discussions are like between he and Zimmer regarding his health. The Vikings head coach has repeatedly declined to answer questions about Bridgewater’s health.

Bridgewater did say he feels “very good,” and that, if he plays Sunday, two exhibition outings is a fair amount of work to go along with the rest of his preseason.

“Honestly, when you factor in all the meetings, all the practices and then the joint practices with Cincinnati and the preseason games, I’ve been able to get some good things done,” Bridgewater said.

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