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Jarius Wright says he'll be able to play in preseason

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright hasn't practiced for the better part of two weeks, sitting out since Aug. 6 with an unspecified injury. He would not discuss specifics about his ailment on Tuesday, since coach Mike Zimmer hasn't revealed what's going on with the fifth-year receiver, but thanks to the sleeve on his left calf, Wright didn't really have to.

"It kind of gives it away, doesn't it?" he said.

The receiver, though, echoed what Zimmer said Monday, confirming he should be able to play in a game before the end of the preseason.

"I'm not really sure which one yet," he said. "But I'm doing pretty good."

Wright, who signed a four-year contract extension before last season, has been below both Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson on the depth chart, but it stands to reason he'll be involved in the offense after catching 34 passes for 442 yards last year. He's the elder statesman -- at age 26 -- among the Vikings' current receivers, and has as much time with Teddy Bridgewater as anyone, dating back to the eight-catch, 132-yard performance he posted during Bridgewater's first career start against the Atlanta Falcons in Sept. 2014.

"I feel like he knows me as a receiver and I understand him as a quarterback," Wright said. "So the way we are, we're definitely ready to go."

Here are some other notes and observations from Tuesday's practice:

  • Blair Walsh had a rough day in his final practice before the Vikings' second preseason game on Thursday night in Seattle, missing 3 of his 6 attempts. The kicker's misses were from 41, 43 and 48 yards.

  • Zimmer said this is the first time he's seen Xavier Rhodes consistently try to make plays on the ball, and the cornerback pulled in another interception in the red zone on Tuesday, leaping to take away a corner throw from Bridgewater that was intended for Thielen. "I think he’s starting to get the mentality of denying the ball from his guy, and this is the first time that I’ve really seen him go after the football since I’ve been here," Zimmer said. "There have been some plays where he really tries to intercept it, as opposed to just covering them."

  • Adrian Peterson got some work in the shotgun with Bridgewater, and the two connected for a pair of completions in a red zone drill. On one, Peterson released to the middle of the field, caught a short pass from Bridgewater and turned toward the end zone, and the quarterback found him on a swing pass several plays later.

  • Linebacker Brandon Watts has been among the Vikings' players sitting out with injuries, and he watched practice Tuesday with a sleeve on his right calf. Eric Kendricks, who is sitting out with a hamstring injury, also did not practice again. Brandon Fusco, Sharrif Floyd, Scott Crichton, Tre Roberson, Anthony Harris and Melvin White also continued to sit out.