The banged-up Vikings appear to have benefited from their bye week.
Top wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the Week 5 victory over the Houston Texans because of a groin injury — a good sign for his availability for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Also practicing were guard Brandon Fusco (concussion), wide receiver Jarius Wright (ankle), and tight ends Rhett Ellison (knee) and David Morgan (knee).
The only two Vikings who were not healthy enough to participate were defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and tight end MyCole Pruitt (knee).
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, meanwhile, practiced for the first time since his foot surgery in July. The Vikings have 21 days to activate him from the reserve/non-football injury list, waive him or place him on injured reserve.
Staus quo at tackle, for now
Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings planned to start the week of practice with the same offensive line configuration they had before their bye week, with T.J. Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles manning the two tackle spots.
Zimmer added that before the Vikings ask Jake Long to protect quarterback Sam Bradford’s blind side, they needed to see how Long, whose twice-reconstructed left knee is a question mark, held up in his first practice in pads since early January, when he was with the Atlanta Falcons.
“I haven’t seen him in pads yet. So expectations can change quickly one way or another,” Zimmer said before the practice. “I’m trying to go by what I see and go from there.”
Bradford chuckled when asked about the FOX graphic that put his head on Teddy Bridgewater’s body. FOX has used the graphic to promote Vikings games.
“I really didn’t know about it until, I think, Monday. Someone showed me in the locker room,” he said. “But it can’t be that hard to find a picture of me.”
He has started four games for the Vikings, throwing six touchdown passes.