Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond (41) is helped off the field during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
A couple of injury-related tidbits from Coach Leslie Frazier's press conference this morning.
In what has to be considered a pretty big bullet dodged, safety Mistral Raymond has been diagnosed with a bone bruise of his right ankle, with tests showing that it is not fractured and that he did not suffer a high ankle sprain. That means that the injury isn't season-ending and won't require surgery, but Raymond will miss an as yet undetermined amount of time. That's pretty good news for the Vikings, as Raymond had his entire right leg immobilized after the injury and needed to be carted off the field, so apparently things looked much worse than they actually were.
Jamarca Sanford will be the starter next to Harrison Smith in Raymond's absence.
In significantly less optimistic news, linebacker Erin Henderson still has not passed the battery of concussion tests that would allow him to return to the field. Henderson missed yesterday's game, and Marvin Mitchell played pretty well in his place, as did Jasper Brinkley in the nickel situations he replaced Henderson in. Hopefully Henderson will be able to go again before too much longer.