Updated: October 27th, 2011 2:05pm
Jared Allen has a good reason for absence from Vikings' practice

Jared Allen has a good reason for absence from Vikings' practice

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Jared Allen was not on the practice field Thursday but the Minnesota Vikings' defensive end had a good reason to stay away.

Allen's wife, Amy, gave birth to a baby girl, according to a tweet from Denise White, who is the CEO of EAG Sports Management.

"If there's any reason to miss (practice), that's a good reason to miss," said coach Leslie Frazier, who had yet to be told the official news of the birth of Allen's child.

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (foot) did not practice again Thursday. Running back Lornezo Booker, who took part in Wednesday's practice, also was held out. Frazier said Booker was dealing with concussion-like symptoms and was going through the necessary tests.

Shiancoe told Frazier he would try to practice Friday.

Right guard Anthony Herrera (knee) remains out as he gets treatment on his injury. It's unlikely that Herrera will play Sunday at Carolina, meaning Joe Berger is in line to get the start.

Meanwhile, running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (ribs) took part in individual drills after sitting out all of Wednesday's session. They were listed as limited Thursday on the injury report. Frazier said Peterson, "moved around pretty good," and should be good to go but that Harvin still had soreness in his ribs.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck) also practiced on a limited basis for the second day in a row. Winfield has missed the past three games and said Thursday would be very important for him because it would enable him to have some contact and see how the neck feels.

Winfield seemed optimistic afterward but Frazier remained cautious.

"I'm probably not as optimistic as I thought we'd be going into today's practice," Frazier said. "(We'll) see if anything changes tomorrow. ... (He) moved around OK. I'd like to talk with him a little bit when we get back inside and just see where he feels mentally as well as physically.

"(Carolina has) some really good backs and as you know an explosive receiver. He's going to have to tackle for us like the Antoine we know. So just have got to sit down and talk with him and just see what he thinks."

Winfield hopes to play Sunday, but will know a little more Friday when he can judge how sore his neck feels. Winfield said if there is soreness he probably won't play.

"With this I have to be careful," he said. "This is my neck. I want to be able to move around after I get done playing football. I've been in contact with the coaches, the trainers, they've given me time. Pretty much left it up to me. It's my decision, so it's a good thing."

Winfield said that he had a doctor in California take a look at the X-rays and MRI of his neck to get an independent opinion. The Vikings have described the injury as a strain, but Winfield said it's more than that without going into detail.

"That's what I know. A strain, a ligament strain," Frazier said. "If there's anything else, I'm not aware of it. That's what I know."

Also limited Thursday were nose tackle Remi Ayodele (ankle), linebacker E.J. Henderson (knee) and defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder).

Linebacker Erin Henderson, who missed Wednesday for non-injury related reasons, returned and practiced. Safeties Husain Abdullah (concussion) and Jamarca Sanford (concussion) and center John Sullivan (concussion) all practiced in full for the second day in a row.

Abdullah suffered a concussion last Sunday against Green Bay but quickly passed the necessary test to get back on the field.

In Carolina, cornerbacks Darius Butler (not injury related) and Jordan Pugh (head) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Linebacker Omar Gaither (knee) did not miss any practice time Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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