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Updated: November 19th, 2010 11:54am
Eric Frampton misses practice again, ruled out for Sunday

Eric Frampton misses practice again, ruled out for Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will have to snap out of their recent coverage-unit troubles without one of their core special teamers.

Backup safety Eric Frampton missed a third consecutive practice on Friday and was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

It might not seem like a significant loss, but the Vikings' struggles after Frampton injured his left hamstring last week at Chicago suggest otherwise.

In the third quarter, Devin Hester broke loose on a 68-yard return that went through the exact spot Frampton normally would be. (Husain Abdullah was there instead.) Then, minutes later, Hester exploded for a 42-yard punt return when Chris Cook -- on as a gunner in place of Frampton -- missed the first tackle near the sideline. (The Vikings believe Cook was pushed in the back.)

Another core special teamer, backup safety Jamarca Sanford, missed the entire Chicago game with his own hamstring injury but is listed as probable for this week.

Frampton was the only player who didn't appear to be participating at all during the sliver of Friday's practice that was open to reporters.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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