For the second straight day, a key Vikings defender returned to practice.

Yesterday, it was safety Harrison Smith. Today, it was nose tackle Linval Joseph, who has missed two straight games with a toe injury. Joseph had a helmet on and was participating in position drills with his fellow defensive linemen before media was booted out of practice. He was listed as a limited participant on the injury report.

By the way, Smith (hamstring/knee) practiced for a second straight day. He participated on a limited basis, as well.

Outside linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) and defensive end Everson Griffen (shoulder) sat out practice again. They were spotted off to the side doing some activity, though, so they weren’t completely idle.

Defensive end Scott Crichton (neck/concussion) and wide receiver Charles Johnson also sat out. Johnson, who has an ankle injury, was a new addition to the injury report.

Linebacker Brandon Watts (rib) and safeties Andrew Sendejo (knee) and Robert Blanton (knee) were all full participants today.

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