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Updated: December 31st, 2010 12:16pm
Brett Favre, Sidney Rice sit out practice again, listed as doubtful

Brett Favre, Sidney Rice sit out practice again, listed as doubtful

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre and Sidney Rice sat out practice again on Friday because of their respective concussions, and the Minnesota Vikings listed both as doubtful for Sunday's season finale at Detroit.

However, interim coach Leslie Frazier's refusal to reveal whether Favre finally has passed an initial neurological examination left open the possibility the 41-year-old quarterback has one more surprise recovery left.

"I'm going to just leave it as doubtful for now, without going into any detail about it," Frazier said, referring to Favre as a "game-time decision."

Asked whether Favre could take the test again before the team leaves on Satuday, Frazier said, "That would be assuming that he hasn't done it already and hasn't passed. But if we leave him doubtful, it should cover things with him. Never rule him out. We won't rule him out."

Favre hasn't practiced or spoken with the local media since suffering a concussion on Dec. 20 against Chicago. He was on the sideline for Friday's short practice, but his workload during the portion open to reporters was limited to briefly dancing a jig as Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice, Baby" blared from speakers inside the team's Winter Park fieldhouse.

"He's been real good," Frazier said. "He was out there at practice (on Friday), around the guys, involved, paying attention in meetings. So, he's been positive. He's had a lot going on, but he's been positive."

Rice suffered a concussion in Tuesday's win at Philadelphia, and Frazier said "it doesn't look very good" for him to return less than five days later. No Vikings player has suited up the week following a known concussion this season.

Madieu done

Safety Madieu Williams and backup linebacker Erin Henderson also continued to sit out because of their concussions, and Frazier said after practice Williams would be placed on injured reserve.

Williams suffered the concussion on Dec. 20, when Chicago running back Matt Forte ran over him on consecutive plays, and didn't play on Tuesday at Philadelphia. He was replaced on the roster by former Gophers cornerback Marcus Sherels, an undrafted rookie who had been on the practice squad.

Sherels could be active on Sunday if cornerback Asher Allen (abdomen) can't go. Allen said on Thursday he had no doubt he'd be ready, but he missed another practice on Friday and was listed as quetsionable.

Henderson was listed as questionable, but Frazier said he doubts

More injuries

Fullback Naufahu Tahi (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis and was listed as questionable. Safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) practiced for a second consecutive day but was listed as doubtful.

Halfback Adrian Peterson (knee) was a full participant in practice for a second consecutive day and was listed as probable. He took a direct hit Tuesday on his right knee, which has been bruised and tight since a collision with teammate Tarvaris Jackson on Dec. 13, but told reporters he's no worse for wear.

"It's feeling a whole lot better," Peterson said. "There's still a lot of soreness or whatever. You kind of expect that after running on it, playing on it. But it's feeling pretty good. Less pain."

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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