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Updated: November 28th, 2012 12:47pm
Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph cleared; Percy Harvin 'not there yet'

Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph cleared; Percy Harvin 'not there yet'

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got good news on two injured starters on Wednesday. Another remains a work in progress.

Coach Leslie Frazier said safety Harrison Smith and tight end Kyle Rudolph have been cleared following the concussions they suffered in Sunday's loss at Chicago, while receiver Percy Harvin tested out his balky left ankle with seemingly mixed results.

"To know that Kyle and Harrison have been cleared -- that's a big deal because they are two keys to our football team," Frazier said before practice. "The fact that Percy's going to attempt to do something (Wednesday), that's encouraging. It's just a matter of how far he can go."

Smith said his concussion "wasn't severe" even though he was wobbling around after knocking Bears receiver Earl Bennett out of bounds early in the third quarter.

"Yeah, it was funny, because I guess my balance was a little off, but my mind was all there," Smith said. "So, it was just, 'Uh, this looks horrible.'"

Smith, who also suffered a concussion in 2008 while at Notre Dame, said he actually passed a concussion test in the locker room, but the Vikings doctors wanted to be cautious.

Asked if he needs to tackle any differently, Smith said, "It is football. You are going to get hit in the head."

Rudolph departed shortly after Bears linebacker Lance Briggs flattened him on a third-down play in the red zone. He wasn't seen in the locker room while it was open to the media and was the only player not suited up for Wednesday's practice because of a shoulder strain.

Meanwhile, Harvin went through some drills with the Vikings' athletic trainers on, Tuesday and "(w)as OK. Definitely not there yet," Frazier said. "So, we want to try to increase it a little bit (Wednesday) and see how he does.

Frazier said the plan was for Harvin -- who hasn't gone through a full practice since spraining his left ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle -- to go through individual drills and run some routes before considering putting him into team drills.

Harvin did run several routes during the portion of practice open to reporters, appearing fine when running in a straightline but appearing to struggle to break down in pattern and limping each time after catching the ball.

"We're still being cautious in how much we give him," Frazier said.

The Vikings also may limit reps on halfback Adrian Peterson, who completed Sunday's game despite suffering a shoulder strain, Frazier said.

Dana Wessel contributed.

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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