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Updated: December 24th, 2010 12:23pm
Brett Favre continues to sit out; Adrian Peterson practices again

Brett Favre continues to sit out; Adrian Peterson practices again

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If Brett Favre is going to play on Sunday at Philadelphia, it's probably going to have to be another 11th-hour decision.

The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback was on the field when practice began on Friday morning. But his work was limited to some snaps at linebacker on the scout team during the jogthrough, and interim coach Leslie Frazier said Favre still had not passed his preliminary post-concussion test.

Because there also is a conditioning aspect to gaining clearance, Frazier said, Favre would not play unless he can pass the test before the team leaves for Philadelphia around 4 p.m. However, Favre is expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia whether he's cleared or not, ensuring speculation will continue about his status until inactives are released 90 minutes before kickoff.

"He wasn't able to do anything (Friday)," Frazier said, "so we'll still list him as (doubtful) and just see what happens (Saturday)."

The Vikings have gone through the week with rookie Joe Webb running the No. 1 offense, but Frazier made clear he was holding out hope Favre would find a way to be ready.

Favre did little or nothing in practice the past two weeks, too, but made a surprise start on Monday against Chicago despite being listed as "out" on the injury report because of pain and numbness in his throwing arm.

The Vikings had to petition the league to have Favre's status changed on game day, and Frazier opted to list him this time as "doubtful," which by definition means a player has a 25% chance of playing.

"No 'out' with Brett Favre," Frazier said. "Will not use that term."

More injuries

Halfback Adrian Peterson practiced on a limited basis for a second consecutive day -- a positive sign after he tested his bruised knee and thigh on Thursday.

"I think he'll probably make it," Frazier said. "We'll have to see how he feels (Saturday), but it seems like we're headed in the right direction."

Peterson officially was listed as questionable (50-50 chance for playing) on the injury report, as was safety Madieu Williams, who missed the entire week of practice because of a concussion.

Backup safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) was ruled out, leaving Jamarca Sanford as the likely starter in Williams' place.

Cornerback Frank Walker (hamstring) was held out of practice as a precaution but was listed as probable, along with Sanford (concussion).

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams returned after missing Thursday's practice for personal reasons.

In Philadelphia

The Eagles listed defensive tackle Mike Patterson (knee) as quetionable and four other starters as probable: strongside linebacker Moise Fokou (wrist), receiver DeSean Jackson (foot), tackle Winston Justice (knee) and cornerback Asante Samuel (knee).

Left guard Todd Herremans (hip) was removed from the injury report. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) was ruled out earlier in the week. Backup linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring) is doubtful.

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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