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Vikings' roster returns to near full strength a week from third preseason game

The Vikings are as close to full strength as they’ve been all summer.

Cornerback Trae Waynes, left guard Alex Boone, strong safety Andrew Sendejo, left tackle Riley Reiff, receiver Laquon Treadwell, running back Latavius Murray and linebacker Kentrell Brothers all were back in pads and participated in all of practice after missing Friday night’s 20-13 preseason loss at Seattle.

No. 3 quarterback Taylor Heinicke did not practice. But the Vikings still had a third quarterback after signing former Gopher Mitch Leidner.

Near the end of practice, defensive end Brian Robison limped slowly to the locker room with what appeared to be a right leg injury. Coach Mike Zimmer said he wasn’t concerned by the injuries to Heinicke and Robison.

The Vikings don’t play their third preseason game until a week from today when the 49ers visit U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings sign former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner

The Vikings added a fifth quarterback to the roster in ex-Gopher Mitch Leidner on Sunday.

Leidner joins less than two weeks before all NFL rosters must be cut from 90 to 53 players. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke played without apparent injury against the Seahawks on Friday night. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

The Vikings have two more preseason games against the 49ers on Aug. 27 and Dolphins on Aug. 31.

Leidner, 23, went undrafted this spring and tried out for the Ravens in Baltimore. The Lakeville South product had a 24-17 record for the Gophers with 7,287 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns and 32 interceptions.

Linebacker Darnell Sankey was waived.

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