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Updated: November 19th, 2010 3:10pm
Notebook: Berrian, Sullivan, Herrera all questionable for Sunday

Notebook: Berrian, Sullivan, Herrera all questionable for Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sidney Rice's status isn't the only health-related question mark facing the Minnesota Vikings' offense entering the weekend.

On Friday, the Vikings listed three starters -- receiver Bernard Berrian (hamstring), John Sullivan (calf) and right guard Anthony Herrera (elbow) -- as questionable for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Of the three, Berrian's status appears to be in the most doubt. Coach Brad Childress said Berrian looked "OK" in Friday's practice but must work out on Sunday morning to determine his status.

"You have to be able to run full-speed," Childress said of Berrian, who was active for last week's loss at Chicago but benched himself just before game time.

"You have to be able to run a go route. There's no other way you can say it. I'll have to see him to do that."

Sullivan and Herrera both were injured in the Chicago game and were limited in practice all week.

Given that Herrera didn't miss a snap -- Sullivan, who has battled several calf injuries since training camp, dropped out in the first quarter -- it would be a major surprise if he can't go.

Jon Cooper and rookie Chris DeGeare are the top backups at center and right guard, respectively. Childress indicated early in the week Cooper would split practice snaps with Sullivan, who remains the better bet to start barring a late setback.

Health watch

Receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) and quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/foot) were full participants in Friday's practice and listed as probable.

It was good news for Harvin, who left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter after tweaking the left ankle he originally injured Oct. 31 at New England.

"I think it's going to be something that continues to twinge on him every now and then," Childress said. "That's the way ankles typically are. So, whether he gets kicked or rolled (there could be a setback). But he practiced more this week."

Cornerbacks Asher Allen (concussion) and Chris Cook (knee) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring), all were listed as probable. The only player ruled out was safety Eric Frampton (hamstring), a core special teamer.

Scoring changes

The NFL awarded Vikings end Jared Allen an extra sack on what originally was scored a run for no gain by Bears QB Jay Cutler in Sunday's game.

That brings Allen's season sack total to 5½, including 4½ the past two weeks. Vikings coaches have credited him with 17 quarterback hurries in those games against Arizona and Chicago, bringing his team-leading total to 33.

"You want (the quarterback) on the ground," Allen said. "But you have a bigger issue if you're not getting there. It's one thing if you're getting there and the ball is out or you're forcing missed throws. At least you're in that zone and they will come. That's what I've said all along -- you've got to just keep plugging away."

The league also gave Bears end Henry Melton a sack on the play he stripped Favre late in the first half. It was determined Favre fumbled behind the line of scrimmage.

Interest in Bieniemy?

Childress confirmed he received a "preliminary call" from the University of Colorado about running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.

Colorado fired coach Dan Hawkins earlier this month, and Bieniemy -- a former Buffaloes star whom Childress promoted to assistant head coach/offense last summer -- could be a candidate.

"I do think highly of him," Childress said. "I think he can be a coordinator in this league and I think, before it's over, he could probably be a head coach in this league. I know what his recruiting skills are like. He's an excellent recruiter, excellent people person. Great, great teacher of offensive football. We'd hate to lose him, but certainly, if he had that opportunity, it'd be hard to hold him back."

Bieniemy was Colorado's running backs coach in 2001 and '02 before taking the same position at UCLA the next three years. He accepted the promotion in July instead of taking the offensive coordinator position at the University of Southern California.

Quick hits

• Green Bay listed WR Donald Driver (quadriceps), FB Korey Hall (back) and DL Ryan Pickett (ankle) as questionable. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters a Saturday evaluation with the Packers' medical staff would determine the status of Driver and Pickett, who both increased their workload on Friday.

• The mood was loose during stretching before Friday's practice, with several players dancing to a funk song blaring from the speakers inside the Vikings' indoor practice facility. "We're fine," Jared Allen said. "When you're at rock bottom, you can only go up from there. We've got nothing to lose now. Not too many people expect us to win. Just have to go out and have fun. It's the same old story. We have the capability and talent to right the ship. We just have to do it."

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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