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Updated: November 11th, 2010 1:13pm
Percy Harvin misses practice again; Sidney Rice has 'a few tweaks'

Percy Harvin misses practice again; Sidney Rice has 'a few tweaks'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- This time, Percy Harvin isn't coming back so quickly.

Harvin missed a second consecutive practice on Thursday, one day after Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said his second-year playmaker stayed home with a migraine headache.

"Just under the weather," Childress said after Thursday's practice, adding that Harvin saw the doctor again in the morning but offering no further update.

The last time Harvin missed practice because of his chronic migraine issues was Sept. 22, and he returned the next day. He's also battling an ankle injury, and his status for Sunday's game at Chicago is at least somewhat uncertain -- though Harvin has shown time and again he can miss practice and still play well.

The status of receiver Sidney Rice (hip surgery), who continues to practice with a roster exemption, also remains up in the air. Childress has indicated several times it's on Rice to say he's ready to go.

"He's had a few tweaks out here, which you'd expect, but normal," Childress said. "... He practiced very hard (Thursday), so again, I'll be interested in watching him come back again (Friday)."

Rice hasn't been in the locker room when it's been open to reporters since last week, when he'd be back "when I'm in great shape and I feel like 100 percent."

The Vikings have until 3 p.m. Saturday to decide whether to put him on the 53-man roster for Sunday's game. Rice is practicing under a three-week roster exemption that expires on Nov. 24, at which time the Vikings must move him to the roster or place him on injured reserve.

Cook to start?

Cornerback Asher Allen (concussion) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) were present during the portion of practice open to reporters but sat out for a second straight day.

Allen is "struggling a little bit more" that the team would like, Childress said. He's passed the initial neurological examination but "kind of backed up" while trying to pass the exercise test on Thursday.

If Allen can't go, rookie Chris Cook would be in line for his first start with the base defense.

"He's still a little bit banged up," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of Cook, who has undergone two knee surgeries since late August but isn't on this week's injury report.

"He's still fighting through some things. Then the fact that you combine he's a rookie also, and right about this time of year some of those rookies begin to hit that rookie wall. You have got to push through that as well."

Said Childress, "It's probably just something that those knees won't quite be the same until we get to the end of the season. We're midway through the season. So, I just think he gets twinged every now and then as well."

More injuries

Quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/foot/calf) returned as expected after sitting out on Wednesday to rest. He was listed as limited on the injury report.

Right tackle Phil Loadholt (knee) and defensive tackle Pat Williams (elbow) remained limited, while end Everson Griffen (shoulder), cornerback Lito Sheppard (hand) and cornerback Frank Walker (hamstring) were full participants.

In Chicago, center Olin Kreutz (hamstring) sat out practice again. Zackary Bowman (foot) remained limited, while fellow cornerbacks Tim Jennings (knee) and D.J. Moore (head) moved from limited to full participation. 

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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