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Updated: November 21st, 2010 1:33pm
Anthony Herrera departs, several others banged up in ugly first half

Anthony Herrera departs, several others banged up in ugly first half

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday's first half was rough on the Minnesota Vikings, and not just on the scoreboard.

Right guard Anthony Herrera dropped out on the first series with a knee injury. Linebacker Chad Greenway, cornerback Chris Cook and safety Jamarca Sanford missed time. And Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis departed, too, leaving the Vikings with only three healthy receivers -- including Sidney Rice, who was expected to be on a strict snap count in his season debut.

Ryan Cook took over at right guard after Herrera's injury and struggled. The Vikings had no other options because rookie Chris DeGeare was inactive, leaving only Cook and backup center Jon Cooper on the bench.

Berrian -- who was limited in practice all week by the groin injury that forced him to miss last week's loss at Chicago -- dropped out shortly before a hit by Packers cornerback Tramon Williams sent Lewis to the sideline as well.

Berrian and Lewis each returned for only one snap, as decoys on a five-wide play that ended up a run to Percy Harvin on the opposite side.

Greenway dropped out of one series after apparently getting poked in the eye and was replaced by Heath Farwell. He returned on the next series.

Cook, who made his second consecutive start in the base defense despite ongoing knee problems, dropped out temporarily in the second quarter. He struggled badly upon returning, giving up two long pass plays and a touchdown on a fade to James Jones that extended the Green Bay Packers' lead to 17-3 just before halftime.

Sanford spent time on the training table spent time on the trainer's table trying to loosen up his problematic left hamstring.

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