Vikings receiver Percy Harvin didn’t practice Friday and is listed as doubtful after practicing only once on a limited basis since spraining his ankle Nov. 4.
“He did some drills, catching the football, but not the cutting that we’d like to be able to see,” Frazier said after Friday’s practice. “It seems like the ability to able to push off and change directions (if affecting him). That seems to be giving him a little bit of trouble.”
Harvin was limited in Wednesday’s practice and had a pronounced limp at the end of his routes. The Vikings gave him Thursday off in an attempt to rest the left ankle, hoping he would be able to do more on Friday.
Frazier said Thursday it would be more difficult to play Harvin Sunday in Green Bay if he didn’t practice Friday.
“No real setbacks, just hasn’t made the improvement that we hoped,” Frazier said.
Vikings on the active roster practiced Friday, with nine other injured players listed as probable – TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder/concussion), LB Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), RT Phil Loadholt (knee), S Harrison Smith (concussion), CB Antoine Winfield (knee), DE Jared Allen (shoulder/back), DT Letroy Guion (foot), RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and P Chris Kluwe (knee).
Loadholt and Winfield were the only two limited on Friday, and Rudolph moved up from not participating on Wednesday to a full participant on Friday.
“He’s done well,” Frazier said of Rudolph. “Really picked it up yesterday and he had a good practice today. There weren’t any residual effects from the shoulder or the concussion.”
MATTHEWS NOT PLAYING
The Packers declared six players out against the Vikings, including linebacker Clay Matthews, who is dealing with a hamstring injury and didn’t practice all week.
Despite Vikings running back Adrian Peterson saying he was hoping Matthews wouldn’t play, left tackle Matt Kalil, who would have faced Matthews plenty of times Sunday, was hoping Green Bay’s best linebacker would have been in the lineup.
“No, I want him to play. It would be fun to play against him. I’m a competitor,” Kalil said. “I never want their best player to be hurt. I always want the challenge. (But) we play them again, so I’m not in a rush to play him yet.”
Joining Matthews in being listed as out for Sunday’s game were DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), RB Johnny White (concussion), CB Sam Shields (ankle) and TE Andrew Quarless (knee).
LB Terrell Manning (shoulder) is doubtful; S Sean Richardson (back) and WR Donald Driver (thumb) are questionable.
DT Ryan Pickett (quadriceps), OT Marshall Newhouse (wrist), S M.D. Jennings (rib) and WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen) are probable.
CARTER A SEMIFINALIST FOR HALL
Former receiver Cris Carter is among three players with ties to the Vikings that are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced 27 candidates as finalists Friday, and Carter joined kicker Morten Andersen (1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings) and RB Roger Craig (1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings) among the finalists.
Carter was named to the Pro Bowl eight times while he was with the Vikings, from 1990-2001, and named All-Pro three times during that period.
He was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 1993.
Carter played in 188 games and started 177 as a Viking, catching a pass in a franchise-record 111 straight games. He holds the Vikings record for catches (1,004), receiving touchdowns (110), receiving yards (12,383), and 100-yard receiving games (40). He was named to the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 1990s.
He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89) and Miami Dolphins (2002).
The list of 27 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists to be announced in early January.
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