Injury report goes hypothetical

The Vikings didn't practice on Wednesday because of a Monday night game, but their injury report still needed to be submitted as if they had a practice. Thursday afternoon's report will be a bit more telling since the team actually practices.

One of the strange parts of the injury reporting system installed last year involves the bizarre inclusion of Monday night opponents doing guesswork on their injury reports.

Although the Vikings didn't practice and the Saints had a lighter practice Wednesday because of the Monday night game, both teams were required to submit an injury report that included participation (of which there was none for the Vikings). The policy was designed to curb complaints from other teams that teams like the Patriots, Colts and Broncos, who were making a mockery of the injury reporting system by listing 20 or more players each week on the list. Beginning last year, teams were required to submit a list of players on the injury report, the type of injury each player has and to what extent that player practiced – full participation, limited participation or no participation.

Seeing as the Vikings didn't practice Wednesday, their injury report speculated on the ability of their injured players to practice. E.J. Henderson (dislocated toes) was listed as no participation, while five others – Madieu Williams (neck), Jim Kleinsasser (foot), Sidney Rice (knee), Ray Edwards (shoulder) and Vinny Ciurciu (knee) – were listed as having limited participation in a practice that didn't exist.

The Saints, who have seen the roster crippled due to injury, listed five players as not participating – WR Marques Colston (thumb), CB Aaron Glenn (ankle), WR David Patten (groin), S Chris Reis (hamstring) and TE Jeremy Shockey (hernia). Seven other players were listed as having a limited participation – TE Mark Campbell (hamstring), WR Terrance Copper (hamstring), LB Troy Evans (ankle), CB Randall Gay (hamstring), C Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring), RB Mike Karney (ankle) and RB Aaron Stecker (hamstring).

For a practice that never took place, there sure were a lot of players watching the phantom practice from the sidelines.

On Fridays, teams are required to designate a player as out, doubtful (25 percent chance of playing), questionable (50 percent) or probable (75 percent).

THURSDAY NOTES

  • The Indianapolis Colts signed former Viking safety Brandon Sumrall to the practice squad. Sumrall spent training camp this summer with the Vikings.

  • The Saints' Reggie Bush is one of just six NFL players to have five or more receptions in every game this season, joining Jason Witten (Dallas), Santana Moss (Washington), Greg Jennings (Green Bay), DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia) and Matt Jones (Jacksonville).

  • Kerry Collins, who helped lead the Titans to a win over the Vikings last Sunday, was quoted Wednesday in the local Nashville media as saying he can't envision himself returning to the Titans as a backup. So what are they supposed to do? Trade Vince Young?

  • The Packers are in wait-and-see mode with QB Aaron Rodgers, who was pulled from practice with recurring pain in his non-throwing shoulder, which Rodgers said may have been separated in Sunday's game.

  • The troubled career of Travis Henry would appear to finally be over after he was arrested Wednesday for trafficking cocaine. Henry, who reportedly has nine children by nine different women, challenged a positive drug test last year and won his appeal on a technicality. However, a failed drug test in the offseason sealed his fate and his recent arrest involved "multiple kilograms" of cocaine.

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