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Updated: October 12th, 2011 1:54pm
Antoine Winfield still has stiff neck, may return to practice Friday

Antoine Winfield still has stiff neck, may return to practice Friday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the second straight week, the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday afternoon with Antoine Winfield's status up in the air.

The veteran cornerback continues to deal with a stiff neck, which he injured on a tackle on Oct. 2 at Kansas City and caused him to miss Sunday's win over Arizona.

"We're going to have to go day by day," coach Leslie Frazier said before practice, the fourth in a row Winfield has missed since the injury.

"He still has some stiffness in his neck, and we'll see if he's able to -- I don't think he'll be able to do anything (Wednesday), but we're going to try to get him to do something (Thursday) and hopefully, by Friday, we'll have him out there moving around. Hopefully."

Winfield was the only player on the roster who didn't have a helmet as the team began individual drills.

Receiver Bernard Berrian, who was deactivated for the Arizona game for disciplinary reasons, was on the field. So were ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison and receiver Percy Harvin, who all departed the game briefly before returning.

Harvin (ribs) was listed as a limited participant on the injury report, as were linebackers E.J. Henderson (knee) and Kenny Onatolu (hamstring). Allen (eye) and safety Husain Abdullah were full participants.

In Chicago, the Bears didn't practice, but standout end Julius Peppers (knee) was listed as a nonparticipant on the injury report because of the knee sprain that is expected to sideline him for Sunday's game.

Tackle Gabe Carimi (knee), receiver Earl Bennett (chest) and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (knee) also were listed as "did not participate." Cornerback Charles Tillman (hip) was listed as limited and end Corey Wooten (hand) as a full participant.

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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