While Sendejo has lined up next to Harrison Smith at safety on the vast majority of snaps at this week's OTAs, head coach Mike Zimmer says there will be an open competition for the starting safety job next to Smith, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Vikings signed free agent Michael Griffin in the offseason but Zimmer said Antone Exum, Anthony Harris and 2016 seventh-round draft pick Jayron Kearse would also be in the mix. Sendejo struggled in pass coverage last season and would seem to be at risk to lose playing time even if he keeps his starting job. It will be a battle to watch during training camp.
Sendejo agreed to a four-year contract with Minnesota worth $16 million, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sendejo was set to become an unrestricted free agent. It was thought the Vikings may try to replace Sendejo in free agency or in the draft after head coach Mike Zimmer said the team was looking for the right player to play next to Harrison Smith, but Sendejo may return as a starter after all.
Sendejo had an interception and three total tackles in Sunday's win over the Giants. Sendejo started at safety and played 57 of 61 snaps on defense. After missing two games due to a knee injury, he has returned to his every-down safety role the past two games.
Sendejo (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. As was anticipated after he logged full practices Thursday and Friday, Sendejo will return to the field Sunday in his first game since the Week 12 tilt with the Falcons. With Harrison Smith (hamstring) unavailable, Sendejo is expected to start in tandem with either Robert Blanton or Anthony Harris at one of the two safety spots.
Sendejo (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bears. Sendejo was a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, so he's expected to suit up Sunday after missing Minnesota's last two games due to a knee injury.
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