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Jerry Kill returns to Minnesota practice

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill returned to work Wednesday and led the team's afternoon practice.

Kill's return comes just three days after he checked into the Mayo Clinic because of recurring seizure problems. The 50-year-old has had two hospital stays since suffering an initial seizure Sept. 10 during Minnesota's game against New Mexico State. While he has dealt with seizures for years, the effects this time had been more severe.

While it's great to hear Kill is back, I'm a little surprised. The statement he issued Sunday after returning to the hospital -- "I hope to be back to work soon, but we believe that taking some time away to get a handle on this is the right thing to do" -- suggested a longer absence than normal.

You know how competitive Kill is, and how much he wants to be with his team, especially at a time like this. You just hope he's not rushing things.

Minnesota opens Big Ten play Saturday at No. 19 Michigan.