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Updated: November 24th, 2010 1:31pm
Jamarca Sanford sits out, Patrick Brown promoted as practice resumes

Jamarca Sanford sits out, Patrick Brown promoted as practice resumes

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Backup safety Jamarca Sanford was the only player not in uniform when the Minnesota Vikings held their first practice under interim coach Leslie Frazier on Wednesday.

Sanford, a core special teamer, aggravated an existing hamstring injury in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Earlier in the day, the Vikings moved right guard Anthony Herrera -- who is lost of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee -- to injured reserve, promoted offensive lineman Patrick Brown from the practice squad and signed former Buffalo Bills defensive back Cary Harris to take Brown's place.

Frazier was noncommittal when asked before practice who would replace Herrera in the lineup. Utility lineman Ryan Cook finished Sunday's game, but rookie Chris DeGeare also is a candidate.

"We're juggling a little bit, trying to make sure we do the right thing," Frazier said. "So, we're going to look at some things today in practice. it's unfortunate for Anthony -- he's a tremendous player for us and hopefully, things will go well with his rehabilitation."

There were no substantial differences from the Brad Childress era during the early portion of practice reporters are allowed to watch.

Music still played during stretching -- appropriately, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Poison's "Nothin' But A Good Time" -- in which the lines seemed a little straighter and the exercises more uniform.

A new piece of equipment was unveiled for the defensive line -- a cube of plastic tubing players had to high-step through, and players roared when defensive line coach Karl Dunbar tripped and fell over it.

Frazier has said he wants to increase the tempo of practice. Reporters aren't allowed to watch team drills.

"We're just going to make things game-like, is probably the best way I can describe it, as much as we can," Frazier said. "And the players expect that. We just want to get them in that mode that every practice is similar to a game and apparent in that fashion. We're going to try to make it more game-like."

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