Updated: October 26th, 2011 12:35pm
Anthony Herrera doubtful with LCL injury; Percy Harvin feeling better

Anthony Herrera doubtful with LCL injury; Percy Harvin feeling better

by Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Anthony Herrera doesn't have another ACL injury.

The rest of the Minnesota Vikings' injury picture is looking a little brighter, too.

Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that Herrera has damage to his left lateral collateral ligament and is doubtful for Sunday's game at Carolina.

That's an improvement from Monday, when Frazier speculated Herrera may have reinjured the anterior cruciate ligament he had reconstructed after blowing out the knee on Nov. 21.

Herrera and linebacker Erin Henderson both weren't on the practice field Wednesday. Henderson missed the practice for non-injury related reasons.

Meanwhile, receiver Percy Harvin's sore ribs are "better," Frazier said, and he's expected to play on Sunday.

So are safety Jamarca Sanford and John Sullivan, who missed last weekend's loss to Green Bay but have now passed post-concussion tests.

"We'll just monitor their progress over the course of the week," Frazier said.

Sanford, Sullivan and safety Husain Abdullah took part in all of Wednesday's session but were listed on the injury report with concussions.

Harvin, running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (foot) were on the field Wednesday but did not take part in any drills.

Peterson injured his ankle Sunday but returned to the game Sunday. Harvin sat out the entire second half after aggravating an injury that has bothered him since training camp.

Among those limited on Wednesday were nose tackle Remi Ayodele (ankle), linebacker E.J. Henderson (knee), defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck).

Winfield will test neck Thursday 

Winfield, who has missed the past three games because of a neck injury, said Wednesday his injury is "definitely" more than a strain, although he wouldn't go into detail.

The veteran said he "feels a lot better," after going through individual drills Wednesday and doing some work in seven-on-seven. "The test will be (Thursday)," Winfield said. "I'll put on the pads, do a little more hitting, see how I feel after that. ... Of course, I want to get out there and play, but if it's not feeling better by Friday you'll know about it."

Winfield was injured Oct. 2 at Kansas City on a second quarter play when he hit Dexter McCluster from the side after the Chiefs running back caught the ball in the flat.  

Winfield said there has been some thought given to him sitting out through the Vikings' bye on Nov. 6 and returning the following Monday at Green Bay.

As for the prospect of getting in some hitting Thursday, Winfield said: "I'm excited about it just to see where I'm at. It's been three weeks, three-and-a-half weeks. It's coming along, it's gotten a lot better. I've got my range of motion so I'm headed in the right direction."

Chris Cook would be starting in Winfield's place at left corner, but Cook was suspended without pay on Tuesday after being charged with a felony. That means the Vikings could really use Winfield, but the team also doesn't want to rush him back from a neck injury and is relying on Winfield to tell them when he feels good to go.

"It's totally my decision," said Winfield, who had an MRI on Thursday that came back normal. "I don't want to rush myself, get in there and really do some damage. My style of play, I love contact, I love to hit, so the neck is very important to me. If it was my shoulder or maybe my foot I'd be out there playing. But, the neck, you want to take it a little slower."

Frazier wouldn't rule out the possibility the Vikings would sign another cornerback since they received a roster exemption for Cook.

There has been some thought the team might reach out to Benny Sapp, who played for the Vikings in 2008 and '09 before being traded to Miami, but an NFL source said Wednesday that no contact had been made.

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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Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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