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Updated: August 24th, 2010 5:41pm
Notebook: Javon Walker says he's buried the hatchet with Brett Favre

Notebook: Javon Walker says he's buried the hatchet with Brett Favre

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Whatever problems existed between Brett Favre and his onetime favorite receiver, Javon Walker says they're in the past.

"That was over back in Green Bay," Walker said on Tuesday, shortly after completing his first practice with Favre and the rest of his new Minnesota Vikings teammates.

"That was just something that was going over, and everybody knows in the NFL it's always a business decision. ... We've been over that and excited to be here and reconnect where we left off in Green Bay."

Walker, 31, had the best season of his eight-year NFL career with Favre in 2004, catching 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.

When Walker complained about his contract after the season, however, Favre publicly admonished the then-young receiver, who eventually showed up without a new deal and blew out a knee in the season opener.

Walker has had multiple knee surgeries since -- including a cartilage-replacement surgery early last year in Israel -- and only one productive season, with the Denver Broncos in 2006. He was a flop in two years with the Oakland Raiders, who cut him in March.

But Walker indicated he harbors no ill will against Favre and said the chance to play with his former teammate was part of the reason he signed with the Vikings on Tuesday.

"When you become an older receiver in the league," Walker said, "it's really, really critical for a receiver like myself to get with a veteran quarterback like Favre and somebody who knows the game and somebody who's willing to put in the time and effort to go out and be successful. From a receiver's point of view, you couldn't ask for anything more."

Walker played in only three games last season but mentioned repeatedly he's been healthy since last August and believes he simply was in a bad situation.

"He's got to get his sea legs," coach Brad Childress said. "It's different conditioning working out with other people and then back on a professional football field. But I can see where he's got an aptitude and see where his hands are at and hopefully, we can get him up to speed so we can get a couple snaps out of him this weekend."

Sullivan returns

Center John Sullivan returned to practice for the first time in weeks and said he expects to play in Saturday's home preseason opener against Seattle -- a game in which the starters are expected to play a half or more.

"It felt good, got some good work in," said Sullivan, who has been battling a calf strain. "It's a good first step."

Jon Cooper started the Vikings' first two preseason games in Sullivan's place and the results weren't particularly inspiring. Right guard Anthony Herrera moved over to center on the second series Sunday at San Francisco, putting rookie Chris DeGeare in with the starters at right guard and giving the Vikings a look at another option in case Sullivan has a setback.

Herrera, who had worked sparingly at center over his first six NFL seasons, said he hopes he continues to get work there.

"The more you can do in this league, the longer you're going to stay in it," Herrera said. "So, I take it as a challenge, and I'm going to go out there, work hard, do what Coach Childress is asking of me, get it done."

Health watch

Receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) was absent again and is questionable at best for Saturday.

"He's got a couple more tests he's got to accomplish in the medical area," Childress said of Harvin, who collapsed during practice on Thursday.

"We would hope to get those done in relatively quick fashion. But it's not like making a reservation at a hotel or a restaurant. There's people in front of him."

Linebacker Chad Greenway and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy were absent for unspecified reasons.

Quick hits

• Childress said he wasn't pleased with the way PK Ryan Longwell kicked off on Sunday. Longwell's first kickoff -- out of a hold after the ball blew off the tee -- was fielded at the 3-yard line and returned 27 yards. The second was fielded at the 5 and returned 31 yards. "We could kick the ball off better," Childress said. Rhys Lloyd, who remains the favorite to handle kickoff duties, attempted a failed onside kick in his only chance.

• CB Cedric Griffin (knee reconstruction) remains on the active/physically unable to perform list but continues to increase the intensity of his workouts. He ran hills during practice and did position drills with defensive backs coach Joe Woods afterward.

• The Vikings are the latest team to take advantage of a new NFL rule allowing advertisements on practice jerseys. Players took the field on Tuesday with white Verizon patches on their right shoulders.

• Walker will wear No. 86.

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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