Updated: December 21st, 2012 2:01pm
Notebook: Illness doesn't cut into Vikings' film work with Matt Kalil

Notebook: Illness doesn't cut into Vikings' film work with Matt Kalil

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Matt Kalil was sick enough the past two days the Minnesota Vikings told him to stay home.

But offensive line coach Jeff Davidson made sure the rookie left tackle stayed up to speed, even going to Kalil's house for a film session.

"It was kind of funny. I don't think he's ever been over to my house," said Kalil, who returned to practice on Friday.

"But he just wanted to make sure I'm prepared and just getting the same coaching he's had in that meeting room, since I wasn't able to be in there. I don't think he wanted to break the routine of the whole season and me being in there going over film."

Kalil said he lost "a little bit" of weight but declined to discuss the nature of his illness. Coach Leslie Frazier indicated it was a stomach virus.

"He's feeling better," Frazier said. "Got to get a lot of fluids in him. It was good that he was here (Friday), able to go through some things, because he did miss some time."

The Vikings listed Kalil as probable (virtual certainty of playing) on the injury report.

"I'm just a little tired," Kalil said. "I'm pretty much over it. I'm just a little congested now. That's pretty much it. But they gave me my shots and everything to make sure I was good and all that. They need me to be healthy."

A week ago, Kalil was spotted sledding down a hill near the Vikings' practice field in a T-shirt with a camera crew in tow.

Asked if that might have had something to do with the illness, the California native laughed and said, "I don't know. Cali body's not used to this cold weather. So, it's something I've got to get used to."

Cook returns

Cornerback Chris Cook will return to action against the Texans. The only question now is whether he'll start or be used in a subpackage role on defense.

"He's far enough along that we're going to for sure play him," Frazier said. "It's just a matter of how much we're going to play him."

Cook broke his right arm on Oct. 25 against Tampa Bay and was placed on injured reserve with designation to return the next day.

He became eligible to return to the active roster on Thursday. For that to happen, the Vikings must make a corresponding roster move by Saturday.

Good vibes

Practice got off to an unusual start when players were called to midfield following warm-ups for a break-dance battle between defensive linemen Fred Evans and Everson Griffen.

The pair exchanged moves, shedding layers of clothing, for about a minute before Evans sent teammates into a howling frenzy with an extended headstand.

"You don't want to go into a game like this tight or tense because of the circumstances," Frazier said. "You really want to go out there and play with great confidence and not be all wound tight. They are not wound tight. That is definitely true."

Moving on

Frazier declined to address a 1500ESPN.com report regarding an incident between him and receiver Percy Harvin prior to Harvin being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 5.

"I think we have a good relationship," Frazier said. "He's injured, on injured reserve and doing everything he can to hopefully get back and help our team. He's still under contract, so like everybody, he's pulling for our football team to have success against the Texans this weekend."

Harvin, who is rehabilitating his left ankle at home in Florida, underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday.

Asked if he has had much contact recently with Harvin, Frazier said, "No. I talked with his dad just a few days ago. But he's doing fine."

No fines

Right tackle Phil Loadholt and safety Mistral Raymond weren't fined for their respective unnecessary roughness penalties in last weekend's win over St. Louis.

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