CBs Cook, Griffin Questionable; Leber Probable

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 24, 2010 – 3:25 pm

The Vikings and Lions have issued their Friday injury reports. Let’s get right down to the details…

The good news is that LB Ben Leber (back) was a full participant and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday and progressed to a full participant in Friday’s practice; it appears he’s in line to play this weekend. WR Percy Harvin (hip) was limited again today but that’s good news considering he missed Wednesday’s practice with the hip ailment and an illness.

There’s been speculation that both Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin could suit up this weekend. Cook was a full participant on Friday and Griffin was limited; both are listed as questionable on the injury report and the jury is still out as to whether they’ll play on Sunday.

Here is where the other players on the Vikings injury report stand: DT Jimmy Kennedy (knee) is questionable and WR Bernard Berrian (knee), QB Brett Favre (ankle/elbow), T Bryant McKinnie (finger) and C John Sullivan (calf) are all probable.

For the Lions, QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) has been ruled out, as expected. Also ruled out are WR Nate Burleson (ankle) and LB Zach Follett. Listed as questionable are: DE Cliff Avril (finger/knee), LB Landon Johnson (neck), LB DeAndre Levy (groin) and G Stephen Peterman (foot). Listed as probable are: S C.C. Brown (forearm), S Louis Delmas (biceps/calf/groin) and LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle).

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Cook, Harvin Good To Go For Sunday?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 24, 2010 – 6:16 am

Injuries have been a factor for the Vikings in the early portion of the 2010 season, but there were some positive developments on that front following Thursday’s practice.

After injuring his knee in the preseason, rookie CB Chris Cook has been out of action for the Vikings first 2 regular season games. Cook came on strong at the end of training camp and the preseason and was even in line to potentially start against the New Orleans Saints. But then a knee injury derailed him for a moment.

Cook was listed as a full participant for the 2nd consecutive day on Thursday and indications are that he may suit up and play on Sunday against the Lions. Cook’s presence in the defensive lineup would be a nice plus for the Vikings because they’re going against a WR with elite size and speed in Calvin Johnson. On top of that, Cook is solid in run support and the Lions bring with them a talented rookie RB in Jahvid Best who will test the Vikings run defense.

The other piece of good news on the injury front to come out of Thursday’s practice regarded WR Percy Harvin, who was listed on the week’s initial injury report as dealing with a hip injury and an illness; the illness designation indicates Harvin dealt with another migraine. Harvin missed practice on Wednesday but was back on the field as a limited participant on Thursday.

Following Thursday’s practice, Harvin told reporters he was feeling great, that he got a good night’s sleep on Wednesday night and woke up Thursday refreshed and that he rebounded quicker from this migraine than he typically had in the past.

“I’m not happy over the migraine, but I can’t ask to never have a headache again,” Harvin said. “But if I can go periods where I don’t get them, I’m happy with it.”

In addition to the migraine, Harvin is also dealing with a strained hip that has bothered him the past couple weeks. But as with the migraine, Harvin appears to be progressing well back to health and was able to practice with his teammates on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday.

“A lot of people said I looked normal,” Harvin said. “It feels good. It gets fatigued at times but with treatment and keep lifting and getting it back strong, it should make a full recovery.”

The key for both Cook and Harvin now is to see how they come back to work Friday following Thursday’s activity. Stay tuned for more as we’ll have Friday’s injury report as soon as it becomes available.

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