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Berrian said deactivation is 'already old news'

Posted by: Mark Craig under Injury report, Vikings, Bears, Leslie Frazier, Antoine Winfield, Bernard Berrian, E.J. Henderson, Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin Updated: October 12, 2011 - 3:49 PM

UPDATE: Post-practice injury report is at the bottom of this post.

Receiver Bernard Berrian wasn't willing to talk about Sunday's deactivation for reportedly missing two team meetings the day before.

"That's already old news," he said coming off the practice field today. "That's already past. I'm already over it. Can't do anything about it now."

Asked if it was true that he missed two team meetings, which led to the deactivation against the Cardinals, Berrian said coach Leslie Frazier already described the situation. Frazier would not confirm the reports.

Asked what he was doing in practice this week, Berrian said, "Nothing different than I normally do when I prepare for a week."

Pressed for his feelings on being punished, Berrian twice said, "It's already old news. We're talking about Chicago week."

He said he's confident he can help the Vikings beat the Bears this week.

"I'm not surprised" reporters are asking about the deactivation, Berrian said. "I'm just not going to talk about anything in the past. It's already over with. It's a done deal. It's already over. It's on to Chicago.

"If someone gets beat for a touchdown, they have to put it in the past. You got to put it behind you and go on to the next play."

As for his chemistry with Donovan McNabb, Berrian, who has two catches on the year, said, "It's fine. We're working on everything we need to work on. I'm saying the same things over and over. Chemistry only takes you so far.

Asked if he's in good standing with the team, Berrian said, "Yeah, I'm fine."

Injury report: CB Antoine Winfield (neck) did not practice. WR Percy Harvin (ribs), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring) were limited. S Husain Abdullah (pelvis) and DE Jared Allen (eye) had full participation.

For the Bears, DE Julius Peppers has a knee sprain and was among those not practicing. WR Earl Bennett (chest), T Gabe Carimi (knee) and DT Matt Toeaina (knee) also did not practice.

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