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Anthony Herrera Returns To Vikings Practice (Off PUP List)

August 16, 2011 by Nick in PLAYER NEWS

Vikings right guard Anthony Herrera returned sooner than expected from the physically-unable-to-perform list, joining the first team in group installation for Monday’s practice at Winter Park. Herrera had been sidelined since Nov. 21, when he tore his left anterior cruciate knee ligament against Green Bay.

“We didn’t anticipate him being on the field until maybe next week at the earliest,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “The fact that he’s out here a week earlier than we anticipated, that’s a good sign.”

Frazier said Herrera could play a series on Saturday night in the Vikings’ second preseason game at Seattle, depending on how things go this week in practice. Herrera had to pass a physical to be activated from the PUP list. He wore a protective wrap on his knee Monday and declined to comment as he left the field, saying he had to go in for treatment.

Herrera, 31, did not participate in 11-on-11 drills, opening the door for Scott Kooistra and Ryan Cook to get reps. Cook replaced Herrera after he was injured last season.

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MNVIKINGSBLOG.COM ANALYSIS:

This is very exciting news.  Herrera is recovering from an ACL injury that sidelined him from most of the season last year.  Right guard has always been a position that I considered ‘week’ on our O-line but Herrera is definitely our best option.  Without Herrera playing we’re looking at Cook or Kooistra playing.  That’s a pretty big downgrade in my opinion.  I’ll be eagerly watching Herrera this Saturday against the Seahawks to see how he looks.  Let’s just hope that we’re not rushing him back too quickly.

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