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G Brandon Fusco Returns To Practice; Status For Sunday Uncertain

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The starting left guard was limited in practice Thursday, which is good. He's still not cleared to play Sunday, though

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We passed along the news earlier today that LG Brandon Fusco suffered a concussion in Sunday's 26-16 victory over Detroit, and had yet to be cleared to play this coming Sunday against San Diego.

In a bit of good news for him and the team, it has been reported that Fusco was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, and that's a positive development for an offensive line that has been hit hard with injuries early in the season.

But Fusco isn't yet cleared to play. He must pass the NFL's mandated concussion protocols, which are a series of tests to determine that he is, in fact, symptom free and suffering no lingering short term effects from his head injury. Head coach Mike Zimmer has not said definitively yet whether Fusco will play or not. Awhile ago Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomassen tweeted the following:

At least 'work in progress' is an improvement over the news we received yesterday, and hopefully Fusco will be good to go in time for Sunday's game. In a strange twist of irony, Jeremiah Sirles, who the Vikings acquired from San Diego for a 2016 6th round pick as teams were trimming their rosters down to the 53 man minimum, would presumably get the start in place of Fusco.

We'll update things as the situation warrants.