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Updated: October 13th, 2011 2:05pm
Percy Harvin misses practice because of lingering rib injury

Percy Harvin misses practice because of lingering rib injury

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A day after being limited because of a rib injury, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was held out of practice Thursday at Winter Park.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin, "should be fine," for Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

It remains to be seen if cornerback Antoine Winfield will return after a one-game absence. Winfield did not practice at all last week and missed a second consecutive day this week because of a stiff neck.

"Hopefully he can get some work tomorrow, but we'll see how he feels," Frazier said.

Harvin initially suffered the rib injury during training camp on Aug. 8 in Mankato and aggravated it while blocking safety Adrian Wilson on a run play in the first quarter of the Vikings' 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. Harvin also had sat out the Vikings' second preseason game because of the issue.

"We had him to see a doctor (Thursday) afternoon and they told us he should be fine, just soreness," Frazier said.

Frazier, who said the Vikings plan to do something to provide protection for Harvin's ribs on Sunday, confirmed an X-ray was done and that it showed there was no fracture. Harvin went through all the meetings and the walk-through on Thursday.

Harvin, one of the Vikings' top playmakers, is second on the team this season with 18 receptions for 183 yards and has 153 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Frazier praised Harvin on Monday for the job he did run blocking for Adrian Peterson against the Cardinals.

Harvin, who is listed at 5-11, 184 pounds, had only one reception for 11 yards and one rush for 12 yards in the game, but Peterson finished with 122 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

"His style of play is not going to change," Frazier said of Harvin's physical nature. "He is a violent runner when he has the ball and he's the same way when he's trying to run routes. He's running everything full speed.

"We have to watch some of his reps, like we've always tried to do, and also try to protect him physically by doing something with the ribs. We'll end up doing something there to try to help him."

As for Winfield, Frazier said the Vikings largely have to listen to what the veteran tells them about how he is feeling because it's difficult for the team to judge a neck strain.

"We do have to rely in large part on what he says," Frazier said. "The tests that we've run ... everything has been good. So you have to kind of wait and see how he feels. If he feels pains when he's turning or moving, you have to listen to that. He's been good about communicating where he is." 

Frazier would, "like to," see something out of Winfield at Friday's practice if he is going to attempt to play Sunday. 

"It would make it tougher to make a game-day decision if he's not able to do anything (Friday)," Frazier said.

While Harvin and Winfield did not practice Thursday, linebackers E.J. Henderson (knee) and Kenny Onatolu (hamstring) were limited for the second day in a row. Henderson has become a regular on the injury report because of swelling in his left knee.

Safety Husain Abdullah (pelvis) and defensive end Jared Allen (eye) continue to be listed on the report but have not missed any practice time this week.

Peppers sits out again

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers sat out practice again Thursday because of a sprained left medial collateral ligament he suffered in Monday night's game at Detroit.

Peppers, who has the fourth-highest sack total (91.0) of any NFL player since he entered the league in 2002, has not been ruled out of Sunday's game.

Offensive tackle Gabe Carimi (knee), defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (hip) also did not take part in Thursday's practice.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett (chest) returned on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday.

Defensive end Corey Wooten (hand) continues to be listed on the injury report but has not missed any time this week.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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