Adrian Peterson (Win McNamee/Getty)
The Vikings had a lot of talent, including multiple Pro Bowlers, sidelined with injury at Wednesday’s practice. Three starters suffered injuries on Sunday and there are varying degrees of confidence about their availability for this Sunday.
The Vikings returned to practice Wednesday after their first win in the last three games, but it wasn’t a full team on the field.
The Vikings had several players held out of practice Wednesday, many of them injured Pro Bowl players and starters.
Among those who didn’t participate were Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson (sprained ankle), Pro Bowl quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/shoulder/neck), Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson (fractured thumb), starting defensive end Ray Edwards (sprained ankle) and receiver Greg Lewis (concussion). The neck injury is an addition to the injury report for Favre.
Wide receiver and Pro Bowl kick returner Percy Harvin wasn’t out for the start of practice, but he was in the locker room about an hour earlier and the injury report listed him as limited by illness. In the past, that has meant a migraine headache, but interim head coach Leslie Frazier wasn’t available after practice to clarify that designation. He told KFAN radio later in the afternoon that Harvin "just wasn't feeling well."
Several other Vikings were limited in Wednesday’s practice: S Husain Abdullah (ankle), CB Chris Cook (knee), WR Sidney Rice (hip) and S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring).
WR Bernard Berrian (groin) was a full go, as was S Eric Frampton (hamstring).
Frazier said the ankle sprains to Peterson and Edwards are of varying degrees, but there wasn’t any ligament damage found after each of them had magnetic resonance imaging tests.
“It’ll probably be day-to-day, maybe going all the way up until Sunday as to whether or not (Adrian) is going to be playing or not. We’ve all got our fingers crossed,” Frazier said. “… We are hoping that he’ll make it to Sunday.”
After the game on Sunday, Peterson talked about the pain associated with the sprain.
“I would have tried to go out there," if I could have, he said. "Trust me, if I would have went, I would have been out there. But it was just unbearable."
Frazier didn’t sound as optimistic on Edwards’ chances of playing. He has a high ankle sprain.
“No ligament damage. Just his is much more tender than Adrian’s was,” Frazier said. “He’s not putting quite as much weight on that ankle as you would hope three days after the game. So, we’ll see how he does today.”
Edwards didn’t sound optimistic either.
“Definitely bad timing. Definitely trying to make this push,” he said. “(Brian) Robison will do a great job. Just try to cheer him on and give him any keys and any tips that I pick up along with his studying to help him be successful if that's what it comes to.”
Hutchinson had his hand “casted and bandaged” while he observed practice.
“He’s got to get out and see how he functions with the work that they’re going to do with his thumb,” Frazier said. “He’s obviously a vital part of our success on the offensive line, and he’s a tough guy. But we’ll see how he does over the course of the next few days.”
FAVRE NOT SUMMONED AGAIN
Favre said he hasn’t heard from the NFL recently regarding their investigation into accusations that he sent inappropriate messages and photos to former New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger.
“I haven’t heard a word. … You guys know more than I do,” Favre said.
Favre said he hasn’t been summoned by the league for a follow-up interview. He was initially interviewed by NFL security chief Milt Ahlerich on Oct. 19.
Frazier said he hasn’t talked to Vikings ownership about what it would take to earn the head coaching job beyond this season.
“Not at all, and I don’t intend to. I really want to concentrate on the Buffalo Bills and what we’ve got to get done to win this game, and those things will take care of themselves,” he said.
Frazier said former head coach Brad Childress watched Sunday’s Vikings game. Frazier called Childress after the game, but said he wouldn’t divulge what was discussed in the private conversation.
Frazier said he isn’t concerned about running backs coach Eric Bieniemy interviewing for the University of Colorado head coaching job. Bieniemy reportedly interviewed for the job last weekend. “I haven’t talked to any Colorado officials regarding that situation but, no, maybe if it were someone else other than Eric you might be concerned, but I know where his focus is,” Frazier said. “I know how passionate he is about our team and our organization, so he’ll get it done. He’ll get his job done here in Minnesota.”
If Hutchinson can’t play – and he is expected to at least give it a try – rookie Chris DeGeare would go in his place and Ryan Cook would remain at right guard, where he made his first start filling in for Anthony Herrera (now on injured reserve with a knee injury).
The Vikings added a practice squad player, rookie guard Adrian Martinez (Colorado), and released CB Cary Harris from the practice squad.
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