EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was scheduled to participate in a portion of practice Wednesday and appears on track to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, despite a concussion he suffered in the divisional round of the playoffs.
“He’ll be fine,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Sendejo remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but has advanced through enough stages to qualify for partial practice participation. He won’t officially be cleared until later this week, when he visits with an independent neurologist, but the Vikings appear confident he will be ready.
Sendejo’s return would put the Vikings’ top-ranked defense at nearly 100 percent entering Sunday’s game. The only question mark is backup defensive lineman Shamar Stephen, who is dealing with a knee injury.
Sendejo suffered the concussion after New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas blocked him in the third quarter of the Vikings’ 29-24 victory. Sendejo, who had intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the second quarter, walked off the field under his own power.
Video of the Vikings’ wild postgame celebration showed Sendejo greeting players as they ran toward the locker room.