By: Tim Yotter |

The Minnesota Vikings returned to practice Sunday after their first preseason game, with a handful of players that were held out Friday night back on the practice field.


The Vikings held out 14 players on Friday – WR Jarius Wright, CB Terence Newman, RBAdrian Peterson, CB Melvin White, CB Marcus Sherels, S Anthony Harris, LB Edmond Robinson, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Brandon Watts, G Brandon Fusco, DT Sharrif Floyd, DTClaudell Louis, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and DT Scott Crichton – most of them because of injuries.

On Sunday, Patterson, Peterson, Newman, Sherels and Robinson returned to practice, with all of them resuming their regular roles. Newman and Peterson were back with the starting defense and offense, respectively, while Patterson, Sherels and Robinson were working with the backups, as they had been during training camp. But Kendricks, Fusco and Floyd still remained sidelined among those expected to start, and were joined by LB Emmanuel Lamur and rookie CB Tre Roberson as inactive players on Sunday.

But there was one change to the starting lineup the Vikings practiced with on Sunday: T.J. Clemmings was back working with the first-team offense at right tackle after it appeared that Andre Smith had taken hold of that job. However, Smith was beaten for a sack of Teddy Bridgewater Friday night and the Vikings may want to get a longer look at Clemmings in game action with the first-team offense.

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