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Three prominent Vikings -- cornerback Antoine Winfield and wide receivers Bobby Wade and Troy Williamson could all miss Sunday's game with the Chargers.

Troy Williamson won't be with the team Sunday, according to his agent, who revealed that Williamson has returned home following the death of his grandmother and to visit a brother who has been in and out of a come since September.

Williamson, who has just nine catches for 159 yards, has missed the last three days of practice and the funeral is scheduled for Monday, when he will also be missing from Winter Park.

Fred Smoot missed a considerable amount of playing time last season with the death of his half brother. The Vikings allowed him to take the time he needed to attend to family business, but cut him at the end of the season.

With Williamson not expected to be back Sunday for the game, the Vikings could find themselves extremely shorthanded at wide receiver Sunday. Bobby Wade took part in one portion of practice Friday and it won't be known until Sunday morning whether he will be able to play or not. If Wade is out, Aundrae Allison is likely to see the biggest increase in field time.

SATURDAY NOTES
* Antoine Winfield missed his second straight day of practice with a hamstring and is listed as questionable to play Sunday. If Winfield can't play, rookie Marcus McCauley will get the start
* As many expected at VU, Juqua Thomas was fined $7,500 for his hit that knocked out Kelly Holcomb last Sunday. Two other Eagles were also fined $7,500 – linebacker Matt McCoy for a hit on punter Chris Kluwe and safety Quintin Mickell for a late hit on Sidney Rice.
* E.J. Henderson was fined $5,000 for a major facemask penalty against the Eagles Brian Westbrook, which the league deemed intentional.
* With Wade likely out for Sunday, Mewelde Moore is expected to return punts for the Vikings.
* Aside from Winfield, Wade and Williamson, six players were listed as probable on the final injury report – Ryan Cook (shoulder), Tarvaris Jackson (finger), Erasmus James (shoulder), Dwight Smith (hamstring) Vinny Ciurciu (ankle) and Brian Robison (illness).

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