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Bridgewater still needs to be cleared, but is expected to play

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is coming back from a concussion, had not yet been cleared to play in Sunday’s game in Oakland as of the end of Friday’s practice, according to coach Mike Zimmer.

That said, Zimmer remained confident that Bridgewater would play. “I don’t have any doubts,’’ Zimmer said.

Bridgewater needs to be cleared by an independent doctor before he’s officially cleared to play. He is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Here are some other injury updates:

--Zimmer did not say whether he expected linebackers Anthony Barr (hand injury) and Eric Kendricks (ribs) to play Sunday.  But it appears Barr is likely to play, Kendricks less so. Barr is listed as questionable while Kendricks is listed as doubtful. After practice ended Barr indicated he was ready to go.

Kendricks saw his first action of the week in Friday’s practice.

If Kendricks can’t go, it’s likely the Vikings would move Chad Greenway inside to middle linebacker and put second-year player Brandon Watts at Greenway’s outside linebacker spot. Another option would be to play recently-signed Jason Trusnik in the middle. But it appeared the Vikings were working with Greenway, Watts and Barr in the period of practice open to the media.

--CB Terence Newman, also going through the NFL Concussion protocol, practiced for a second straight day Friday and is listed as probable.

--DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle and knee) practiced fully Friday and is probable.  Other defensive linemen listed on the team’s injury report were DT Linval Joseph (foot), DE Brian Robison (ankle) and Justin Trattou (foot). Joseph and Robison are probable. Trattou has been ruled out for Sunday.

--CB/returner Marcus Sherels (shoulder) was limited in practice this week and is questionable.

--WR Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) is probable.

In one final note, TE Chase Ford has been added to the team’s practice squad, replacing S Brock Vereen.

Vikings set to take on Oakland with weather in mind

An ominous sky over TCF Bank Stadium makes me think Grantland Rice should be writing the lead to this blog … tornado watch is in effect as the Vikings meet the Raiders tonight at 7.

The Vikings have mentioned in their pregame literature that fans will be directed to Williams, Mariucci or Ridder Arenas in case a storm disrupts the game. There will probably be a few folks watching the radar closely.

Anyway, on the game. The Vikings are 2-0 and the Raiders 1-0, so something has to give.

The Vikings’ focus offensively tonight will likely be on its offensive line, which lost right tackle Phil Loadholt (Achilles’ surgery) for the season. Rookie T.J. Clemmings will be the starter at right tackle on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium when the Vikings met the Raiders in a preseason game.

Rookies Tyrus Thompson and Austin Shepherd will also get a long look tonight on the offensive line.

The Vikings, who played in the Hall of Fame game, have an extra preseason game, which coach Mike Zimmer has lauded.

“I think it’s good for all of the young guys, because they’re going to continue to get some more playing time, another chance to evaluate and … we get a chance to tweak some things around and look at some guys with different people,” Zimmer said Thursday.

Although the Vikings can’t really afford another injury on the offensive line, Zimmer said, “We’re not going to get gun shy because something happens. We’re going to continue to work and obviously, we’re going to be smart about it. We have to get what we need to get accomplished for the season.”

During the regular season, team usually have seven offensive linemen active, so the two spares have to be versatile. That might be a key for players trying to make the team.

“We’re looking for starters and then we’re looking for backups, but … guys that can play both sides, so we can dress one less on game day.”

Super Bowl 50
Final, 2/7
1 2 3 4 F
Carolina 0 7 0 3 10
Denver 10 3 3 8 24

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