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Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


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Griffen misses today's Vikings practice due to illness

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated September 4th at 5:45pm 274001631

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen missed practice today due to an illness, but head coach Mike Zimmer expects him to practice on Friday or at the very least be ready to start Sunday in St. Louis.

Also not participating in practice today, per the injury report, were fullback Zach Line (ankle) and outside linebackers Michael Mauti (foot) and Brandon Watts (knee), though Zimmer just told us that Line was able to do a little bit of individual work today.

Zimmer pretty much ruled out Mauti and Watt’s for Sunday’s game against the Rams, though they might have ended up being healthy scratches anyway with the Vikings relatively healthy right now.

Offensive tackle Mike Harris (shoulder) was limited again today. Cornerback Jabari Price (shoulder) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (neck) were full participants for a second straight practice.

In other injury news, my colleague Master Tesfatsion spoke with rookie offensive tackle Antonio Richardson, who is on injured reserve due to a knee issue. Richardson said he experienced swelling in his right knee after the preseason finale and is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery this week.

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