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Updated: October 22nd, 2010 12:11pm
Husain Abdullah misses practice again, ruled out for Sunday's game

Husain Abdullah misses practice again, ruled out for Sunday's game

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah sat out practice for a third consecutive day on Friday and appears all but certain to miss Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Abdullah suffered a concussion in the first quarter of last week's win over Dallas. Jamarca Sanford finished that game in Abdullah's place, but deposed starter Tyrell Johnson might be the better bet to get the nod on Sunday against the Packers' pass-heavy offense.

Everyone else was in pads for the brief portion of practice reporters were allowed to watch on Sunday. That included cornerback Chris Cook (knee), center John Sullivan (calf) and receiver Percy Harvin (hamstring), who was a surprise addition to the injury report on Thursday.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: The Vikings officially ruled out Abdullah for Sunday. Two backups, tackle Chris DeGeare (ankle) and CB Lito Sheppard (hand), are questionable. Everyone else is probable.

Chris Cook was a full participant in practice for the first time since his latest knee surgery. Favre, Henderson, tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser (groin) and Sullivan also returned to full participation. The only players limited were Harvin, DeGeare, Sheppard and backup offensive lineman Ryan Cook (wrist).

The Packers, who previously ruled out end Mike Neal (shoulder) and linebacker Brady Poppinga (knee), listed four key players as questionable: linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Brandon Chillar (shoulder), end Ryan Pickett (ankle) and tackle Mark Tauscher (shoulder). Backup offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (back) 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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