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Vikings center Sullivan still out with back injury; coach says team 'just being cautious'


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings center has been dealing with a back injury for the past week. Coach says the team is "just being cautious with him."

Sullivan missed practice again Tuesday. He has been off the field for the last seven days, including the exhibition game Saturday. started instead against Tampa Bay.

Safety returned to practice. He had been out with a hamstring injury, setting him back in the running for a spot on the starting defense.

Zimmer also declared the starter at middle linebacker, for now, in the base defense. Rookie will replace Hodges and play next to in the nickel package in passing situations. The Vikings play their fourth preseason game Saturday at Dallas.

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