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Updated: January 1st, 2013 1:47pm
Harrison Smith, Antoine Winfield sidelined as Vikings resume practice

Harrison Smith, Antoine Winfield sidelined as Vikings resume practice

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' secondary was short-handed when Sunday's win over Green Bay ended. It resumed practiced the same way.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield and safety Harrison Smith were spectators during the portion of practice reporters were allowed to see on Tuesday afternoon.

Winfield aggravated his broken right hand against the Packers, and coach Leslie Frazier reiterated the team still is evaluating his progress to determine his chances for playing in Saturday's wild-card playoff rematch at Lambeau Field.

Smith returned after suffering a shoulder stinger in Sunday's second half, and Frazier said on Monday his status isn't a concern. But he apparently didn't feel well enough to practice, even on a limited basis.

Halfback Adrian Peterson, who has been battling an abdominal strain, was absent -- no surprise, since the Vikings have limited his reps in practice the past four weeks.

Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a core special teamer, injured his left shoulder on Sunday and wore a sling as he watched practice. Frazier said McKenzie is "banged up" and strongly hinted he won't be ready for Saturday.

The Vikings and Packers don't have to file an official injury report with the NFL until Wednesday.

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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