Pro Bowl defensive tackle Pat Williams did not practice Wednesday or Thursday in an effort to rest multiple "nicks and knacks."
Pro Bowl nose tackle Pat Williams
sat out a second consecutive day of practice Thursday because of knee and elbow injuries.
"He's got multiple nicks and knacks from playing on the defensive line," coach Brad Childress said. "He just doesn't need to be out here on his feet. He can do more inside."
There is no reason to believe Williams won't be on the field Sunday when the Vikings play at Denver.
Williams has not missed a start in the past six seasons, a span of 95 consecutive games that dates to the 2002 season.
The streak would be longer but a leg injury cost Williams the final three games of the 2001 season when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills.
Williams left the Vikings' loss to Washington on Sunday for four plays because of what appeared to be a problem with his knee but was able to return.
Last season, he also was bothered with a knee injury but did not miss any games.
LB Vinny Ciurciu did not participate in Wednesday or Thursday's practice after suffering a sprained ankle last Sunday.
CB Antoine Winfield did more work in Thursday's practice but was still limited after sitting out last Sunday because of a pectoral strain.
LB Dontarrious Thomas was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practice after sitting out last Sunday because of a groin injury.
WR Sidney Rice was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practice after sitting out last Sunday because of a sprained ankle.
LB David Herron was limited for a second consecutive day in practice Thursday after suffering a concussion on Sunday against Washington.
DE Darrion Scott, who has been on injured reserve for most of the season, was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Charleston, W.Va. He also was cited for failure to signal after he was pulled over Wednesday afternoon by officers with Charleston's Metro Drug Unit. Scott will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
WR Bobby Wade did not practice Thursday because of a sore knee that has troubled him since late October. Wade had practiced Wednesday.