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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Nickel corner Mackensie Alexander questionable to return and is being evaluated for an ankle injury. An opportunity awaits rookie Mike Hughes, who is Alexander's competition in the slot.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Latavius Murray has two fumbles on five carries today, which is an anomaly considering how little he's fumbled over the first four year of his career. Had a total of eight through the 2017 season and only lost two.

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On the first play right after Harrison Smith's interception, Latavius Murray has the ball stripped by Yannick Ngakoue. Ball security an issue for Murray in the first quarter. He doesn't fumble the ball often, but has 2 already this afternoon.

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Mackensie Alexander nearly picks off a Blake Bortles pass on third down, and then Anthony Barr gets his shot at the rebound and can't make the grab.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings O-line in front of Kirk Cousins is Reiff, Compton, Edison, Isidora, Collins. Remember, it took the Vikings the entire preseason last year to settle on their starting five at cut day, so it's not surprising that Brian O'Neill is not starting today in place of Rashod Hill. Mike Zimmer tried out a handful of combinations before settling on Reiff, Easton, Elflein, Berger, Remmers last year.

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Emotional moment at US Bank Stadium. Tony Sparano's family, serving as honorary captains today, walk out to midfield for coin toss surrounded by Vikings offensive linemen.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings hope to see more from Laquon Treadwell today, who only had one catch in last week's game at Denver despite playing 41 snaps. Treadwell has been a constant presence with the first-team offense since spring and is a favorite to win the No. 3 receiver job, but he needs a big preseason performance to solidify his role. We might not see the rest of the receiver battles take shape until Week 3 and 4 of the preseason due to Stacy Coley and Brandon Zylstra's absences today. That makes Saturday an important day for Kendall Wright, Cayleb Jones and Chad Beebe to make the most of their reps to prove why they should be considered for a spot.

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Aviante Collins will start at right tackle in place of Rashod Hill. We saw him take first-team reps there on Thursday when Tom Compton got injured, thus moving Danny Isidora to left guard and Brian O'Neill (who has taken first-team reps at RT all week in place of Hill) to right guard. Isidora will start at right guard for Remmers today.

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The late Tony Sparano on the cover of the Vikings Playbook. His wife Jeanette and kids Ryan and Tony Jr. will serve as honorary captains today

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings will honor the memory of former OL coach Tony Sparano ahead of tomorrow's preseason game by having his wife Jeanette and daughter Ryan and son Tony Jr. serve as honorary captains. They will be presented with a painting that honors Sparano, and the Vikings have a pregame tribute video and moment of silence planned in Sparano's honor. Former Vikings right guard Joe Berger will will sound the Gjallarhorn before kickoff. Berger played for Sparano from 2006-08 in Dallas, from 2009-10 in Miami and in the 2016-17 seasons with Minnesota. The 13 year NFL vet was one of six pallbearers at Sparano's funeral.

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Tight end Josiah Price is out for the year with a knee injury, according to a source. Price went down during team drills on Wednesday and had to be carted off the field by trainers. The former Michigan State TE had one reception for 9 yards in Minnesota's preseason opener. Price originally signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and re-signed with the team this offseason. He is MSU's all-time leader in touchdowns by a tight end with 21.

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Vikes backup LB pleads down from DWI charge

Vikings linebacker Antwione Williams pleaded guilty to careless driving and was sentenced to one year of probation, according to court records.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

What does Kirk Cousins get out of joint practices? Facing a different defense is the "best possible scout team" for the Vikings QB ahead of Saturday' preseason game. The subtle differences in the Vikings scheme and the Jaguars lie within drop zones and coverage, which Cousins explained: "We found yesterday there's probably a greater number of check downs, of settling for a completion as opposed to getting a home run because of the nature of their defense. I think all of that is important, and even just making certain checks in the run game based on their fronts and understanding this is a different look than our defense would give us. Some of the runs that were really good for us against our defense aren't as good against their defense."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said the Vikings and Jaguars coaching staffs had a good meeting last night. Before practice today, 12 players from each team are going to meet to talk about "respecting each other and doing things the right way." Zimmer said the idea for that was sparked by one of his players yesterday during a meeting with several of his core players that he regularly meets with. The emphasis? Stick to football and keep it on the field. "We really don't want to end up being on TV like some of these other things that have been going on," Zimmer said. "We just want to get out here and get some work done and try to get each of us better."

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Rashod Hill said he's feeling fine after rolling his ankle in practice which caused him to leave the field momentarily. Hill stepped on the foot of the guard next to him and got "rolled over a little bit." The right tackle credits Linval Joseph for making a good play on the guard that was blocking the nose tackle. Hill says he'll have it checked out once more but feels OK.

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After moving Nick Easton to injured reserve, Minnesota signed guard Kaleb Johnson on Monday. The Rutgers product signed with Baltimore as an UDFA in 2015 and appeared on both the active roster and practice squad that season before being cut. He was then claimed by Cleveland the same season John DeFilippo was the Browns OC and had also had stints with Arizona and Kansas City. Johnson spent part of training camp with Chicago and was recently released.

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