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Updated: November 26th, 2012 1:05pm
Adrian Peterson has shoulder strain; four other Vikings hurt on Sunday

Adrian Peterson has shoulder strain; four other Vikings hurt on Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson suffered a shoulder strain in Sunday's loss at Chicago, but it shouldn't affect his availability for next weekend's visit to Green Bay, coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday.

"We'll have to monitor his progress over the course of the week," Frazier said. "It shouldn't be a problem as far as getting ready for the ballgame."

Peterson's injury may have occurred when he lowered a shoulder into Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden after catching a pass in the second quarter. He finished the game and was not in any obvious pain as he addressed reporters afterward.

Several other Vikings also came out of the game with injuries, with at least three seemingly in doubt for Sunday against the Packers.

That included tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Harrison Smith, who were still under evaluation for concussions as of early Monday afternoon, Frazier said.

"They've got to go through the procedure regarding that," Frazier said.

Middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley suffered an AC sprain in one of his shoulders and will "be a little sore when we get back on Wednesday," Frazier said.

Right tackle Phil Loadholt had inflammation in one of his knees but should be fine for the game, Frazier said.

Frazier did not offer an update on receiver Percy Harvin, who has now missed two games with the left ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 4 at Seattle.

"I'll learn more as he goes through some of the things that (head athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman and the rest of our training staff take him through," Frazier said.

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