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Vikings Injury Update: Xavier Rhodes evaluated for a concussion

By on 11/03/2014 12:30:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was shaken up late in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins, after teammate Harrison Smith landed on him awkwardly as the two defended a pass to Redskins' wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Rhodes went to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion, and he was able to return to the game in the second quarter. The second-year cornerback wound up missing just 12 defensive snaps for the Vikings on Sunday, so he presumably easily cleared the league's concussion protocol and it doesn't seem likely to be a lingering issue. Minnesota has a bye in Week 10, so if there is any doubt about Rhodes' availability he has time to get to full strength before the team's next game in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears.

Rhodes was diagnosed with a concussion in November of 2013, but he did not miss any games as a result. A high ankle sprain sidelined him for the final three games of last season, and some other minor injuries (shoulder, knee) plagued Rhodes during his rookie season.

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