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Updated: August 30th, 2010 12:01pm
Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart absent as Vikings resume practice

Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart absent as Vikings resume practice

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE -- Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart were among six players who weren't in pads when the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Monday morning.

Each rookie took on a larger role -- Cook starting at right cornerback, Gerhart as the primary No. 2 halfback -- in Saturday's exhibition win over Seattle before departing with a knee injury

After the game, they downplayed the significance of their respective injuries, with Cook saying it was "just a little ding" and Gerhart saying his departure was "just precautionary."

The NFL doesn't require teams to file injury reports during the preseason, and coach Brad Childress declined to address two questions about their status after practice, saying, "I'm not talking about injuries."

Gerhart's injury appeared the worse of the two on Saturday -- he got bent backward in a pile and received attention from trainers -- but there were no indications as of Monday afternoon that the injury was significant or would impact his availabilty for the Sept. 9 opener.

The Vikings practice only twice this week before wrapping the exhibition season Thursday night at Denver. So, it makes sense the team would be cautious with anyone who's dinged.

Also not practicing were: center John Sullivan, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, linebacker J Leman and receiver Logan Payne.

Only Payne hadn't missed previous time. He played on Saturday, catching two passes for 19 yards, and was the only one of the six watching from the sideline when practice began on Monday.

Sullivan (calf strain) and Leman (turf toe) have been hurt for weeks, and Kennedy hasn't practiced since sustaining an undisclosed injury Aug. 22 at San Francisco.

Safety Husain Abdullah, who left Saturday's game with cramps, was on the field Monday. So was receiver Percy Harvin, who on Saturday said he thinks the worst of his migraine problems are behind him.

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