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August 11, 2013

Floyd says MRI came back negative

MANKATO — Sharrif Floyd didn't think there was anything serious about his knee injury, and the rookie defensive tackle said an MRI showed no damage Sunday.

He's ready to resume practice whenever the Minnesota Vikings' coaching and medical staff gives him the OK.

"No worries on my part," he said, fololwing Sunday's afternoon practice. "At the end of the day, it's (coach Leslie Frazier's) call, not mine."

Floyd's left knee was a little sorer on Sunday than it was on Saturday, so Frazier said the team decided that Floyd, one of the Vikings' three first-round drafts picks, should have an MRI to make sure there wasn't any damage.

"Not overly concerned by everything I have been told," Frazier said. "It’s just sore so we want to err on the side of caution."

Floyd was hit low from behind in the second quarter of Friday's preseason game against Houston and did not return, even though he said he felt like he could. He was on the field for Sunday's morning walk-through and afternoon padded practice but did not participate.

"I knew it was OK right after it happened," he said. "I knew there was no problem."

Frazier said that Floyd did some good things before the injury, with one tackle and a deflected pass.

Jennings feeling funky

Receiver Greg Jennings said it was different, coming out of the home tunnel before Friday's game. In seven seasons with Green Bay, Jennings came onto the Metrodome field from the opposite side.

"It was a little funky," he said. "One of the guys going down the tunnel was giving me a hard time, but purple feels great. Glad I'm here."

Jennings said the No. 1 offense was disappointed that it only got two plays because of an interception that ended the opening drive, but despite some lobbying, Jennings said there was no chance they were getting any more action.

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