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Updated: September 5th, 2010 12:27pm
John Sullivan, Cedric Griffin on field as Vikings resume practice

John Sullivan, Cedric Griffin on field as Vikings resume practice

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Sunday morning with two familiar faces back on the field.

When either will be ready to contribute remains uncertain.

John Sullivan and Cedric Griffin both were in shoulder pads and helmets and went through the portion of practice reporters were allowed to view.

It was unclear how much either player would do in contact portions of practice, although it's a given Griffin's workload will be limited in his first week back following knee reconstruction. He won't suit up for Thursday's opener at New Orleans and may not be ready until after the Vikings' bye in Week 4.

"I don't have any illusions about that," Childress said. "The thing that he had to do now was get out here and do football-specific movements. We talked. Whether it's individual drills, whether it's coming out and being a red-hat guy on our kickoff-coverage team -- all those things where you have to stop, turn, pivot, load it -- those things will have to (progress)."

Activated from the active/physically unable to perform list on Saturday, Griffin also played cornerback with the scout team on Sunday, Childress said.

Asked if he's allowed himself to think about a target date for his return, Griffin said, "Whenever they're ready for me to go, I'll step in and I'll play and I'll take some snaps."

Sullivan has been in and out of practice since suffering a calf injury on the second day of training camp. He declined to answer a question about whether he'll play on Thursday but indicated his conditioning is a work in progress.

"You can only get into football shape by playing football," Sullivan said. "So, I've got some catching up to do in that area."

Jon Cooper is the favorite to start if Sullivan can't play. The other option is moving over Anthony Herrera and playing rookie Chris DeGeare in Herrera's usual spot at right guard, but quarterback Brett Favre seemed to rule that out in a conference call with New Orleans reporters.

"I assume he'll be our third center if need be," Favre said of Herrera, who never has played the position in a regular-season game.

"That was a difficult transition for him. It was kind of a spur of the moment thing. He's worked at it the past few weeks, but (Sullivan's injury) more than anything was the reason for that. For him, it's a heck of a lot easier playing guard as opposed to moving over to center for the first time and making those calls and things like that."

Utility backup Ryan Cook also took turns at center on Sunday, Childress said.

Cornerback Chris Cook (knee) and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy didn't practice. Cook won't play in the opener. Kennedy's issue still hasn't been revealed.

Both teams will have to file an injury report on Monday.

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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