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Updated: October 7th, 2011 11:48am
Antoine Winfield doubtful for Sunday, but Vikings 'holding out hope'

Antoine Winfield doubtful for Sunday, but Vikings 'holding out hope'

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Antoine Winfield did not take part in practice for the third consecutive day on Friday because of a neck injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Minnesota Vikings' veteran cornerback did some stretching and watched teammates without his helmet on during the sliver of practice reporters were allowed to view on Friday morning.

The doubtful listing means there is only a 25% chance Winfield will play as he recovers from his neck injury. But coach Leslie Frazier said the team is "holding out hope that there's a chance between now and what happens Sunday at noon. We'll see how he feels (Saturday) when he wakes up as well."

Winfield suffered the injury last week at Kansas City and underwent an MRI on Wednesday that revealed no structural damage. He wasn't seen in the locker room during the time it was open to reporters all week.

Asked if Winfield's health is improving, Frazier said, "He is. He told me (Thursday) he felt like he was getting better. He has more movement than he had the previous day. So, he's headed in the right direction."

If Winfield can't play, Chris Cook would be expected to take Winfield's spot at left cornerback and Asher Allen would be the most likely candidate to play the slot in the nickel defense.

More injuries

Meanwhile, punter Chris Kluwe practiced on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday because of an injured right hamstring. Kluwe said on Thursday he will be able to punt against Arizona, but he is listed as questionable (50% chance for playing).

The Vikings had two additions to the injury report, including Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and safety Tyrell Johnson (hip). Both did not miss any time on Friday and were listed as probable to play Sunday, meaning its a "virtual certainty" they will be available.

Also listed as probable are linebacker E.J. Henderson (knee); left tackle Charlie Johnson (elbow); center John Sullivan (ankle); and safeties Husain Abdullah (pelvis) and Jamarca Sanford (knee).

Sullivan remained limited in practice on Friday, but Frazier said he doesn't anticipate any problems on Sunday.

"He's much better," Frazier said. "Had a good day of practice (Thursday) and (Friday). Optimistic that he's going to be able to play and finish the game on Sunday."

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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