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Smith, Rudolph cleared from concussions; Harvin will test ankle

Posted by: Mark Craig under Injury report, Vikings, Packers, Leslie Frazier, Vikings fans, Adrian Peterson, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin Updated: November 28, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier came bearing good news -- at least for Vikings fans -- on the injury front.

Two key starters that were iffy on Monday don't seem so iffy anymore. Tight end Kyle Rudolph and free safety Harrison Smith were cleared to practice after suffering concussions on Sunday. Rudolph, however, might not practice because of a "shoulder strain" he's dealing with, Frazier said.

Also, receiver Percy Harvin will test his ankle in practice today. He's missed the past two games because of a sprained left ankle.

"Percy is going to try and see what he can do and then we'll get a better gauge [on his status for Sunday's game at Green Bay] post-practice," Frazier said. "But he'll attempt to do some things, so we'll get a better feel for where he is."

Harvin went through some drills with the team's athletic trainers on Tuesday, Frazier said.

"We took him through a few things indoors," Frazier said. "He was OK, but definitely not there yet. So we want to increase it today and see how he does."

Frazier also said running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder strain) will try to participate in everything the team does, but will have a limited number of reps.

So, overall, Frazier was pretty darn happy about the team's health heading into its first December game.

"No question," Frazier said. "To know that Kyle and Harrison have been cleared, that's a big deal because they are two of the keys to our football team. And the fact that Percy is going to attempt to do something today, that's encouraging. It's just a matter of how far he can go. But it's a big deal that those guys are out there practicing."

We'll have a post-practice update once the injury report is released.

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