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Updated: September 6th, 2010 12:24pm
Jimmy Kennedy misses another practice, has knee injury

Jimmy Kennedy misses another practice, has knee injury

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Jimmy Kennedy missed another practice on Monday and at this point looks like a long shot to play in the Minnesota Vikings' season opener on Thursday at New Orleans.

The veteran defensive tackle hasn't been seen since sustaining a still-undisclosed injury in the Vikings' preseason game on Aug. 22 at San Francisco. 

Four days later, coach Brad Childress said Kennedy's injury wasn't a "long-term" concern. But Kennedy now has missed seven full practices and two preseason games, putting him in serious jeopardy of missing Thursday's game, too.

Depth isn't a concern at the position. The Vikings kept 10 defensive linemen on the 53-man roster and have four capable defensive tackles -- Pro Bowl starters Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, plus backups Letroy Guion and Fred Evans, who both played well in last week's preseason finale.

Cornerback Chris Cook (knee surgery) also missed practice and won't play on Thursday.

Center John Sullivan (calf strain) was on the field, but it remains unclear whether the Vikings will feel good enough about his health and conditioning to start him this week after all the time he's missed the past month.

The Vikings and Saints both were required to file their first injury reports by Monday afternoon.

One practice-squad note: the Vikings released guard Thomas Austin for the second time in 48 hours and replaced him with rookie tackle Thomas Welch, a seventh-round draft pick (208th overall) by New England in April's draft.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: The Vikings' injury report is out, and Kenendy is listed with a knee injury. Cook and he are the only two players who didn't participate.

Running back Toby Gerhart (knee), cornerback Cedric Griffin (knee), safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and Sullivan (calf) were listed as limited.

Quarterback Brett Favre (ankle) was listed as a full participant -- the first of what probably will be a daily appearance on the injury report all season.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Two Saints starters -- linebacker Jonathan Vilma (groin) and cornerback Tracy Porter (knee) -- were limited in practice. So was backup tackle Zach Strief (knee).

Running back Chris Ivory (knee) and linebacker Stanley Arnoux (ankle) didn't practice. Receiver Marques Colston (kidney), safety Pierson Prioleau (knee) and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) all were full participants.

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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