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Updated: December 7th, 2012 12:11pm
Vikings work out 3 receivers, including Mankato product LaMark Brown

Vikings work out 3 receivers, including Mankato product LaMark Brown

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Two days after placing Percy Harvin on injured reserve, the Minnesota Vikings were set to ramp up their search for receiver depth with a workout of several players on Friday at Winter Park, NFL sources said. 

None of them were veterans likely to see the field anytime soon, though.

The list ended up including Raymond Webber, Bryan Walters and rookie LaMark Brown, a former Minnesota State, Mankato standout who was called in for a physical after the workout.

That could be a precursor to signing Brown to the practice squad, which has an opening after tackle Troy Kropog was promoted to the 53-man roster on Friday to replace Harvin.

Brown (6-foot-3, 225) has had stints with Atlanta, Buffalo and Tampa Bay, which released him from its practice squad on Nov. 13. He is listed as a tight end but played mostly receiver in college -- three years at Kansas State, then one for the Mavericks in Division II -- and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the "U" pro day in March.

Webber (6-3, 220) is a former Arkansas-Pine Bluff standout who has had stints with Tampa Bay, Seattle and the New York Jets over the past two years.

Walters (6-0, 190) is the former San Diego receiver who was in camp with the Vikings this summer.

All three players are eligible for the practice squad, which already has one receiver on it.

Chris Summers (6-5, 215) spent the offseason with the Chicago Bears, whom the Vikings play on Sunday. He averaged 20.7 yards on his three preseason catches before getting waived on Aug. 25.

"He's done a real good job," Frazier said. "He's really improved from the time we got him. Our coaches have talked about him in a positive way all the way throughout."

The Vikings have five receivers on the 53-man roster: Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, Stephen Burton, Devin Aromashodu and rookie Jarius Wright.

Harvin, who sprained his left ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle and didn't play again, leads the Vikings with 62 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns despite missing the past three games. The other five receivers have 68 catches combined.

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