Linval Joseph cleared for contact, Brian O’Neill eyes return

The Vikings are getting healthier as the regular season approaches.

For the Minnesota Vikings, some good news emerged from the TCO Performance Center on Tuesday.

Linval Joseph was cleared to participate in team drills. The nose tackle returned to practice as a full participant for the first time this summer. Joseph, 30, underwent multiple operations this offseason, including shoulder surgery. He was a limited participant throughout training camp. When asked if he’ll play Saturday, Joseph replied, “We’ll see. Right now I’m just glad to be out here practicing with the guys.”

Offensive tackle Brian O’Neill (arm) was seen rehabbing on a side field. He donned a helmet and pads, which could be a sign he is nearing full health. O’Neill missed the team’s first two preseason games due to what’s believe to be an elbow issue, but according to Chad Graff of the Athletic, he appears to be nearing a return to the field.

More injury updates:

  • Offensive lineman Aviante Collins (leg) worked on the rehab field along with cornerback Mike Hughes (knee), who remains on the preseason PUP list
  • Running back Ameer Abdullah, who was inactive for the Vikings’ preseason game against the Seahawks on Sunday night, returned to practice on Tuesday
  • Wide receiver Bisi Johnson (undisclosed) was a non-participant
  • Fellow wideout Jeff Badet left practice early due to an apparent injury. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press later reported that the injury is not considered serious
  • Defensive end Ade Aruna (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday’s practice

We’ll bring you more injury updates throughout the (short) week. The Vikings host the Arizona Cardinals in their third preseason matchup this Saturday at noon.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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