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Mike Hughes running again at Vikings’ OTAs

A good, positive sign for the defensive backfield

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, while putting together one of my Top 5 Draft Needs posts for the Minnesota Vikings, I had mentioned that there hadn’t been very many updates on the progress of cornerback Mike Hughes, who tore an ACL back in October.

Today, through the magic of the internet, it appears that we finally have an update after all.

First Picks Sports shared this brief video of Hughes at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, showing that he has resumed running six months after tearing his ACL. You can see in the video that he has a brace on his injured left knee, and it appears that he’s doing just straight-line running at this point.

Hughes was the Vikings’ first-round pick (#30 overall) in last year’s NFL Draft, and broke into the NFL in a big way with a Pick-6 of Jimmy Garoppolo in the Vikings’ season opener last year.

However, he was injured in the Week 6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals and missed the remainder of his rookie season. The start of Training Camp in late July will mark a little less than 11 months since the injury, so we’ll see if he’ll be fully ready to go by that point. It certainly would give the Vikings’ secondary a boost if he was.