By Joseph Gunther
The Minnesota Vikings were hoping to get Percy Harvin back this week. However, it does not appear the star wide receiver will be able to play when the Vikings take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier believes Harvin is the only player in doubt for Sunday’s game.
WR Percy Harvin (ankle)
The fourth-year veteran did not practice all week. He tried to go in Friday’s practice, but left after stretching. He has been banged up all season, but missed his first game in Week 10. He has 62 receptions for 677 receiving yards, 96 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. If he is unable to play, Jarius Wright should remain the slot receiver. He will still be replaced as a kick returner by Marcus Sherels, A.J. Jefferson and Josh Robinson. Status for Sunday: Doubtful.
DE Jared Allen (shoulder)
The ninth-year veteran was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, but returned as a full participant Friday. He was injured during the Week 10 win over the Detroit Lions. He has been on the injury list in previous weeks, but has not missed a game. He has 28 tackles, seven sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in 10 games this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
WR Stephen Burton (ankle)
The second-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured during the win over the Lions. He has been in and out of the lineup this season, but this is the first time he has been on the injury report. He has two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in eight games (one start) this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
DT Letroy Guion (foot)
The fifth-year veteran was a limited participant all week. He was injured during the loss to the Seahawks. He has 24 tackles and two sacks through nine games this season. He did not play in the win over the Lions and was replaced in the starting lineup by Fred Evans. Status for Sunday: Questionable.
WR Michael Jenkins (foot)
The ninth-year veteran was a limited participant all week. He was injured during the win over the Lions. He has 28 catches for 307 yards and a touchdown, including at least one catch in all 10 games this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
The seventh-year veteran did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned as a limited participant Friday. Frazier said he bumped the toe at home. He has started at left guard in all 10 games this season. Rookie waiver acquisition Mark Asper, who has not been active yet this season took repetitions at left guard in Friday’s practice. It is unclear whether Asper or veteran Joe Berger would get the start if Johnson is unable to play. Status for Sunday: Questionable.
P Chris Kluwe (knee)
The eighth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured in the Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has not missed a game and averages 44.6 yards per punt with 12 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Status for Sunday: Probable.
RB Adrian Peterson (ankle)
The sixth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured in the Week 5 win over the Tennessee Titans. He has a league-leading 1,128 rushing yards with seven touchdowns rushing while catching 29 passes for 155 yards. He has been listed on the injury report multiple times this season, but has not missed a start. Status for Sunday: Probable.
CB Antoine Winfield (knee)
The 14th-year veteran was a limited participant all week. He has 74 tackles, 0.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, one fumble recovery and two interceptions this season. He has been on the injury report several times this season, but has not missed a game. He has started all but one game this season. That start went to Robinson. Status for Sunday: Probable.
The Vikings list probable as a 75 percent chance the player will play, questionable means it is 50 percent, doubtful is 25 percent and out means the player will not play. Due to the Thursday game day, the Vikings did not give statuses for its injured players.
Recap of the Injury Status
DE Jared Allen
WR Stephen Burton
WR Michael Jenkins
P Chris Kluwe
RB Adrian Peterson
CB Antoine Winfield
DT Letroy Guion (foot)
OL Charlie Johnson (toe)
WR Percy Harvin (ankle)
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.