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Mike Hughes won’t practice until Training Camp at the earliest

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He’s still rehabbing his ACL tear

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We’ve been tracking the status of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes all offseason, and there was reason for optimism when it came out that he was running again at the team’s practice facility right before the NFL Draft. While that’s obviously encouraging, that’s likely going to be as much as we see of Hughes before Training Camp gets underway in July.

On Tuesday, head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that Hughes “won’t get any practice time this spring,” which means that the team is going to keep him on the sideline until Training Camp.

As the tweet from Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press details, Hughes’ injury came about two weeks later into the 2018 season than Dalvin Cook’s did when he suffered the same injury in 2017. But, since everyone heals differently, that doesn’t necessarily mean a whole heck of a lot when trying to compare Hughes’ progress to Cook’s.

With Hughes being out until the start of camp, the next question is going to be whether or not he starts camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List. If that happens, Hughes wouldn’t be able to practice with the team, and if he was on the PUP List at the end of camp, he would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Hopefully Hughes can continue making progress as we get closer to the team gathering in Eagan for Training Camp. If he doesn’t, the Vikings’ depth at the cornerback position is certainly going to be tested.