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Updated: August 22nd, 2011 3:37pm
Kevin Williams to see foot specialist; Shiancoe, Harvin back on field

Kevin Williams to see foot specialist; Shiancoe, Harvin back on field

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe returned to practice on Monday, but another key Minnesota Vikings veteran replaced them on the sideline.

Kevin Williams was scheduled to see a specialist on Monday afternoon to examine a foot that has bothered the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle since the start of training camp, coach Leslie Frazier said.

"We're going to see what the doctors have to say about that," Frazier said. "He's actually going to visit a foot specialist and just see where things are with him. But we really need him to come along. He really struggled in the snaps that he had on Saturday with that foot."

Williams didn't play in the preseason opener on Aug. 13 at Tennessee and was limited to one series on Saturday at Seattle, but it was believed the 31-year-old simply was getting extra rest.

It became apparent when Williams didn't suit up for practice on Monday something more was wrong, although he downplayed the issue before Frazier addressed reporters.

"Oh yeah, I feel good," Williams said. "I think I've come back in the best shape of my life. Few bumps and bruises. ... You don't want to be a guy that show up overweight or whatever. You know what could happen around here."

Asked if Williams' injury could be a long-term issue, Frazier said, "Don't know. Will know more after he comes back from the foot specialist. But hopefully not."

That news and the serious neck injury suffered by offensive lineman Scott Kooistra put a damper on day that saw Shiancoe and Harvin on the field together for the first time since Aug. 8, when they dropped out with a hamstring strain and sore ribs, respectively.

Shiancoe hadn't practiced for two weeks since suffering the injury. Harvin returned and played in the preseason opener, then sat out at the end of last week and was scratched from the Seattle game to let the ribs heal.

Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman checked on Harvin after he went down in a heap after a catch during 11-on-11 work, but Harvin laughed it off.

"They all was (worried)," Harvin said, smiling. "They actually told me not to dive, not to block, but I'm going to play football and make football plays."

Backup linebackers Kenny Onatolu (foot) and Heath Farwell (hamstring) also returned, as did end D'Aundre Reed (calf) and receiver Greg Camarillo (groin), who all sat out on Saturday.

Halfback Toby Gerhart was another new addition to the injury list.

"His ankle, Achilles was bothering him," Frazier said of Gerhart. "So, we just held him out, see how he does (Tuesday). Pretty sore."

Two backup linebackers who dropped out of Saturday's game, rookie Ross Homan (concussion) and Mark Washington (shoulder), also sat out practice. Homan won't play on Saturday, Frazier said. Washington is day-to-day.

Also sitting out were cornerback Asher Allen (toe), fullback Matt Asiata (hip flexor), defensive back Simeon Castille (hamstring) and Kooistra, who was placed on injured reserve.

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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