Sunday, August 14, 2011

Raymond misses pro debut with hamstring injury

Turns out Mistral Raymond's decision to return an interception during practice last Thursday was a costly one for the Minnesota Vikings rookie.

The defensive back tweaked his hamstring after he attempted to return his pick off fellow rookie Christian Ponder and Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier decided to keep him out of Minnesota's pre-season opener Saturday night at Tennessee.

It would have been the professional debut for the Palmetto High/USF product, who was selected in the sixth round by the Vikings this year. He is currently battling for the starting spot at free safety.

Frazier said the team didn't want to take a chance and further aggravate his injury, according to Minneapolis Star. Raymond was one of seven Vikings held out of the game, the report said.

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