(Eagain, MN) — Vikings defensive end Michael Pierce was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice as the team prepares for the Browns on Sunday afternoon. Other Vikings who did not participate were cornerback Mackensie Alexander (not injury related — personal matter), receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (toe) and cornerback Kris Boyd (hamstring). Tyler Conklin (glute/elbow), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Anthony Barr (knee) and Greg Joseph (right hip) were limited. Conklin was upgraded after not practicing Wednesday, but Joseph’s workload was reduced. Xavier Woods, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Hand and Christian Darrisaw participated in full. After being rested Wednesday, Adam Thielen, Rashod Hill, Harrison Smith and Patrick Peterson were removed from the report.
The Vikings are trying to build off the momentum gained in last week’s win over the Seahawks. In that one, the Vikings got their first win of the season with a 30-17 victory over Seattle in the home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium. This week, they’re in Minneapolis again and will host the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are 2-1 on the young season as they dropped their opener at K.C. but have won two straight since including a 26-6 win over the Bears last week. The Vikings and Browns will kick off at noon on Sunday.