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Updated: November 17th, 2010 1:15pm
Bernard Berrian sits out practice; Asher Allen expected to play

Bernard Berrian sits out practice; Asher Allen expected to play

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Bernard Berrian didn't play on Sunday. Now his status for this week's game against Green Bay may be up in the air, too.

The veteran receiver didn't participate in the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Wednesday afternoon, three days after his surprise self-benching before kickoff in Chicago. Berrian has appeared on the injury report the past two Fridays with a groin injury, but the exact nature of the injury isn't known.

Fellow receivers Percy Harvin (ankle) and Sidney Rice (hip surgery), who remains on the reserve/physcially unable to perform list, went through individual drills as expected during the sliver of practice reporters were allowed to watch.

"All were out at the walkthrough," coach Brad Childress said of Berrian, Harvin and Rice, who finished Sunday's loss on the bench together.

"Whether they can make it to the practice field and practice full speed remains to be seen here. But we rep a lot of guys there. They'll be out to watch turns if they're not treating with the trainer or they can't go full-speed."

The only player absent from practice was safety Eric Frampton, who injured his left hamstring against the Bears.

Quarterback Brett Favre (foot/ankle), Harvin and center John Sullivan (calf) participated in the start of practice and were listed as limited on the injury report. So was guard Anthony Herrera (elbow), who appeared to hurt his right arm during a sequence on Sunday in which he allowed quarterback pressure on four consecutive snaps.

Childress said Sullivan, who has battled several calf injuries since the start of training camp, would split reps this week with backup Jon Cooper and wouldn't speculate on who will start.

Favre's throwing shoulder, which he described on Wednesday as "OK," wasn't listed.

Cornerback Asher Allen (concussion), cornerback Chris Cook (knee) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) were full participants in practice.

Allen said he expects to play this week, but Childress was vague when asked whether he would start Allen or rookie Chris Cook, who got the nod on Sunday and held up well.

"We'll just see how (Allen) practices," Childress said. "But I am expecting him back."

The Packers listed six players -- left tackle Chad Clifton (knee), receiver Donald Driver (quadriceps), linebacker Clay Matthews (shin), defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (ankle), tight end Andrew Quarless (shoulder) and cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) -- as limited participants in practice.

Driver and Quarless didn't play last week. Linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and cornerback Pat Lee (ankle) were full participants.

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