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Updated: August 15th, 2011 3:59pm
Anthony Herrera activated from PUP list, could play a series Saturday

Anthony Herrera activated from PUP list, could play a series Saturday

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings returned to the practice field on Monday at Winter Park with a surprise addition.

Right guard Anthony Herrera was in pads and went through the jogthrough portion of practice for the first time since blowing out his left knee a little less than nine months ago.

"We didn't anticipate him being on the field until maybe next week at that earliest," coach Leslie Frazier said. "The fact that he's out here a week earlier than we anticipated -- that's a good sign."

Herrera, 31, spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list and wasn't expected to play in a preseason game until at least Aug. 27. But he made enough progress to accelerate the timeline, passed his physical on Monday and hasn't even been ruled out for Saturday's game at Seattle, although that seems unlikely after only four practices.

"Depends how he does this week in practice," Frazier said of Herrera, who suffered the injury on Nov. 21 in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"We might give him a series. So, we'll see, take it day by day."

Herrera declined an interview request, saying he had to get to a rehabilitation session.

He spent Monday's jogthrough at his usual right guard spot, then watched as Scott Kooistra and Ryan Cook split reps there during the team (11-on-11) period.

Chris DeGeare took all the first-team reps at right guard during camp, started there in Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee and remains in the mix to start along with Cook and Herrera. But he worked at right tackle with the second string on Monday as coaches try to assess his flexibility.

"He actually graded OK," Frazier said of DeGeare's performance on Saturday.

"There were some things that he could do better, and I'm sure he would say the same. But overall, he did a pretty decent job. He'll get some other opportunities."

Sitting out Monday's practice were tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), linebacker Kenny Onatolu (foot), end D'Aundre Reed (calf), linebacker Heath Farwell (hamstring) and tackle Thomas Welch (glute). Shiancoe likely will be held out again on Saturday as a precaution, Frazier said.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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