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Floyd says MRI reveals no damage to knee

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFC Updated: August 11, 2013 - 5:23 PM

MANKATO -- Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd never thought his knee injury was serious and now he has the negative MRI results to prove it.

"Everything is fine," said Floyd, the rookie first-round draft pick. "It was nothing to be scared about. If I had to go back in, I could have gone back in."

Floyd had a pass deflection and a tackle for loss before leaving Friday night's 27-13 preseason opening loss to Houston. 

"The first experience went well," Floyd said. "Now I just want to get back as quick as possible and find out what I can do better."

Meanwhile, rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) and linebacker Desmond Bishop (groin) returned to practice after missing a week of workouts and Friday's preseason game. Cornerback A.J. Jefferson (hamstring) also returned to practice, while linebacker Audie Cole was held out for an undisclosed injury.

Backup center Joe Berger, who missed time the past week because of a death in the family, also returned to practice today.

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