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Updated: October 5th, 2011 1:58pm
Antoine Winfield has neck injury; John Sullivan, Chris Kluwe hurt, too

Antoine Winfield has neck injury; John Sullivan, Chris Kluwe hurt, too

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings were short three starters as practice resumed on Wednesday afternoon.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck), center John Sullivan (ankle) and punter Chris Kluwe (right hamstring) all were listed as nonparticipants on the week's first injury report.

Sullivan sat out two snaps in Sunday's loss at Kansas City and was in obvious pain while icing his left ankle and knee after the game. The injuries to Winfield -- who watched the sliver of praction open to reporters but wasn't seen afterward -- and Kluwe hadn't previously been revealed.

Winfield's injury would be particularly concerning if he's unavailable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, who have one of the NFL's best receivers in Larry Fitzgerald.

Coach Leslie Frazier did not address reporters after practice, so no further update on Winfield's status was immediately available. However, Frazier did make reference in his morning media conference to getting a longer this week at Asher Allen, who is the No. 4 cornerback on the roster.

The Vikings worked out former Detroit Lions punter Nick Harris on Tuesday -- a sign they may be at least considering the possibility Kluwe could miss time. But Kluwe downplayed the injury on Twitter.

"Tweaked it on the first punt running down," Kluwe wrote, then joked the injury "(o)bviously it affected my subsequent punts."

Kluwe averaged 53.3 gross yards and 4.45 seconds of hang time on four punts against the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, left tackle Charlie Johnson was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, three days after dropping out out of that game with a left triceps injury.

"He's going to be all right," Frazier said, adding that Johnson did not suffer a tear. "We'll probably take it slow a little bit (Wednesday) with him, but he should be fine for the game."

Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson also participated on a limited basis after having his snaps reduced on Sunday.

"He was much better -- much better to the point where we're going to let him do a few things (Wednesday)," Frazier said. "That was encouraging. I think we did the right thing by taking some of the snaps off of him in that game."

Starting safeties Husain Abdullah (pelvis) and Jamarca Sanford (knee) also were limited.

In Arizona, tight end Jim Dray (pectoral) and punter Dave Zastudil (right knee) were nonparticipants, while seven players -- cornerback Michael Adams (wrist), receiver Early Doucet (hamstring), tight end Todd Heap (hamstring), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle), linebacker Joey Porter (knee), center Lyle Sendlein (elbow) and halfback Beanie Wells (hamstring) -- were limited. Right tackle Brandon Keith (knee) and receiver Chansi Stuckey (hamstring) were full participants.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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