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Updated: September 5th, 2011 11:42am
Visanthe Shiancoe back at practice: 'I'm about 100 percent right now'

Visanthe Shiancoe back at practice: 'I'm about 100 percent right now'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Ater missing the entire preseason with hamstring trouble, it appears tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is on target to play in the Minnesota Vikings' season opener.

Shiancoe and every other player on the Vikings' 53-man roster were on the field on Monday morning as the team resumed practice in preparation for Sunday's opener at San Diego.

"He was smooth (Monday)," coach Leslie Frazier said of Shiancoe. "He looked good, and we've some work to do throughout this week, but first day back, he looked good. So, we'll see how he does on Wednesday and just keep watching his progress."

Also back were cornerback Chris Cook (hamstring), halfback Lorenzo Booker (back), cornerback Asher Allen (toe) and halfback Toby Gerhart (ankle/Achilles), who all sat out Thursday's preseason finale against Houston.

Shiancoe is the group's biggest question mark, especially given the hamstring problems that hurt him in 2010. He first hurt the hamstring this year in Aug. 8, then suffered a setback on Aug. 24.

Asked if he can go full speed, Shiancoe said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm about 100 percent right now. So, I'm good to go. I'm excited."

Linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who was placed on injured reserve after undergoing hip surgery last week, watched practice on crutches with a brace on his right leg.

New backup linebacker Xavier Adibi made his first appearance at practice, wearing No. 57.

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