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Vikings' safety position still "fluid" next to Harrison Smith

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive back Andrew Sendejo was back on the practice field Wednesday, after missing the team's previous game with the Denver Broncos because of a knee injury. It remains to be seen, however, if Sendejo winds up back in a starting spot.

Asked how he feels about the Vikings' safety position on Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer said, "I feel good about Harrison [Smith]."

And the spot next to Smith? "It's fluid. Keep working them."

Is that because no one has played consistently enough to claim the job? "Pretty much."

The Vikings have essentially been searching for a safety to play next to Smith since Zimmer became the team's head coach last January. Of the Vikings' DBs, neither Sendejo nor Robert Blanton has been sturdy enough to keep the job for himself. Zimmer said second-year safety Antone Exum could "potentially" be a candidate for more playing time, "if I feel good about him." And though the chances of either one starting might be remote at this point, Zimmer said undrafted free agent Anthony Harris has a better chance to see playing time than Brock Vereen, whom the Vikings picked up on waivers from Chicago on Oct. 1.

Sendejo seemed to have the edge on Blanton before he was injured, and the guess here is he'll wind up starting on Sunday against Kansas City. But the safety position next to Smith is likely to be in some degree of flux for most of the season, unless the Vikings find someone playing well enough to put the issue to rest. Until then, Smith -- who's turned into one of the NFL's best safeties -- could see a rotating cast of counterparts.