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Updated: August 8th, 2011 12:37pm
Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin leave practice as injuries finally hit

Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin leave practice as injuries finally hit

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got through the first week of training camp without a single player missing practice time with a muscle pull or soreness.

That streak ended on Monday morning.

Safety Tyrell Johnson sat out practice with a sore hamstring. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe dropped out after tweaking a hamstring. Left guard Steve Hutchinson was limited by pectoral/shoulder soreness. And receiver Percy Harvin finished practice on the sideline because he was winded and had sore ribs.

Coach Leslie Frazier said he expects Shiancoe and Harvin to be "back in a short time, but the hamstring is the one you have to be very careful about."

Shiancoe's injury is particularly concerning because he battled hamstring trouble last season as his production declined.

Missing time could cost Johnson dearly, since he's in a close competiton with Jamarca Sanford with a starting job.

Frazier said the Vikings were just being cautious with Hutchinson, who had shoulder surgery after the 2009 season, is 33 years old and generally takes some periods off during camp.

At least one other player, defensive back Simeon Castille">Simeon Castille, dropped out for part of practice. Also missing were end Adrian Awasom (illness) and rookie cornerback Marcel Gipson, who has been gone since Friday after the death of his grandmother.

Linebacker Kenny Onatolu (foot) and right guard Anthony Herrera (knee/triceps), who is on the camp/physically unable to perform list, remained sidelined as well.

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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