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Vikings hopeful for Sendejo's return, Thielen misses practice with back issue

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Gedeon (42) checks on defensive back Andrew Sendejo in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 14, at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Andrew Sendejo remains in the concussion protocol, but the Vikings coach sounded optimistic about the safety's availability for Sunday's NFC championship game at Philadelphia.

"He'll be fine," Zimmer said Jan. 17.

Sendejo suffered a concussion when he banged helmets with New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas late in the third quarter of last Sunday's 29-24 win over the Saints in a divisional playoff game. He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Zimmer said Sendejo has passed some tests in the concussion protocol but has not yet been fully cleared. "There's several passes you have to test but he won't do that for awhile," Zimmer said.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen did not practice because of a lower back injury. When asked about it after the workout, he said, "I'm good."

Also not practicing was defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who was lost in the first half against the Saints with a knee injury. He also is bothered by an ankle injury.

Listed as limited was cornerback Mackensie Alexander (rib).

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