Vikings: Key offensive players Latavius Murray, Riley Reiff practice Monday

Solenn Plantier
Août 8, 2017

Not much of a surprise that Cook is listed as the starter for the first game of the preseason.

Murray is from Onondaga, N.Y., about 150 miles from Buffalo, and has never played a preseason or regular-season game National Football League game there in his five-year National Football League career.

The Vikings also Monday got back starting left tackle Riley Reiff, who had been out since suffering a back injury July 27 in the first full-squad workout of training camp at Minnesota State Mankato. He's been playing, and so he deserves everything that he has right now. Their offensive line suffered due to injuries and it was a total bust from the running game standpoint.

"We'll see", he said.

Murray started in two of his three seasons with the Raiders, and rushed for a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2016.

The Vikings have their final practice of training camp Tuesday.

Murray was initially projected to be the team's No. 1 option at running back, with Cook filling in mostly on third downs as a change-of-pace option. Jeremiah Sirles also got some work at left tackle, and Hill got some reps at right tackle.

"If felt good to be out here with the guys and working with the O-linemen, and it's fun putting the pads on", Reiff said. Hill went down during Saturday night's practice and was carted off the field, but he later returned. "I'm happy I'm out there today, and I look forward to moving forward".

It's unlikely that Murray will play in the preseason opener against the Bills on such short notice, but his return to practice is a promising step forward. But it's clear that Murray's skill set should still allow him to fill a role as part of a running back trio even if Cook rises to the top.

Bradford didn't get to play in the preseason with the Vikings a year ago, joining the team just before the opening regular-season game.

Defensive end Everson Griffen suffered midway through practice what Zimmer only would say was a "little tweak".

"He could have went back in, but we held him out, " Zimmer said.

"I thought he was good", Zimmer said.

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