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Allen practices; Griffen, Brinkley fined

Posted by: Mark Craig under Injury report, Vikings, Bears, Packers, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Chris Kluwe, Jared Allen, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt Updated: December 7, 2012 - 4:04 PM

Update: Defensive end Everson Griffen and linebacker Jasper Brinkley were fined for plays in last Sunday's loss to the Packers in Green Bay. Griffen was fined $15,750 for roughing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Brinkley was fined $7,875 for a facemask of receiver Randall Cobb. Brinkley wasn't flagged on the play.

The only other fine from the game came to Green Bay's Tramon Williams, fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness on a helmet-to-helmet hit on a deep pass to running back Toby Gerhart.

Griffen was flagged for roughing Rodgers on a second-quarter play that nullified an interception by teammate Jared Allen. Williams hit Toby Gerhart helmet-to-helmet on a third quarter pass by Christian Ponder. On the next play, with the Vikings trailing 20-14, Ponder threw an interception from the Packers' 25.

Update II: The Vikings have promoted offensive tackle Troy Kropog from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He takes the roster spot that opened when Percy Harvin was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.

Injury report

Except for Percy Harvin and Chris Cook, the Vikings are expected to have everyone who was on their opening day roster availble to them when they play the Bears on Sunday at Mall of America Field in what essentially is a playoff game for the Vikings.

Defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder/back) had full participation in today's practice after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He has been listed as probable.

Also listed as probable after having full participation in today's practice are: tight end Kyle Rudolph (shoulder), linebacker Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), center John Sullivan (ribs/knee), right tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), punter Chris Kluwe (knee) and nose tackle Letroy Guion (shin). Listed as probable after being limited on Friday is cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee).

Running back Adrian Peterson, who was rested on Thursday, was taken off the injury report today.

The Vikings also worked out three receivers today. One of them was former Chargers receiver Bryan Walters, who was with the Vikings in training camp this season. The Vikings have a roster spot open since placing receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve on Wednesday.

 From the Bears' injury report:

Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) are out.

Listed as questionable are: running back Michael Bush (ribs), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot) and guard Chris Spencer (knee). Listed as probable are: offensive lineman Gabe Carimi (hamstring), receiver Devin Hester (concussion) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee).


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