Player Watch 15 Sep 11

SS Tyrell Johnson will continue to rotate with SS Jamarca Sanford this week. Johnson took the first series in the second and fourth quarters at San Diego.

CB Antoine Winfield said he’d love to be reunited with former teammate CB Benny Sapp, who was released by Miami on Tuesday. “We were hoping coach would run out and go grab him,” Winfield said. “But that’s the business side of it. He’s still a good player. He’ll catch on.”

TE Visanthe Shiancoe played 39 of 43 snaps in the opener. Kyle Rudolph played 21 and Jim Kleinsasser 20, including seven of eight “F” snaps in the backfield as the Vikings continue to move forward without a fullback on the roster. Even undrafted rookie Allen Reisner got on the field for two snaps.

DE Adrian Awasom did not practice because of a previously undisclosed knee injury. If he doesn’t play on Sunday, DE Everson Griffen figures to take the bulk of backup snaps at end.

DT Letroy Guion played 70 snaps in the opener but got in on only four tackles (one solo) and took two late penalties. He figures to start again this week before starting UT Kevin Williams returns from his suspension.

CB Asher Allen was a full participant in practice for the first time since a sore toe began bothering him more than a month ago.

WR Percy Harvin expects to get more chances to return kickoffs on Sunday, and he doesn’t have to beg this time.

QB Christian Ponder will remain the No. 2 quarterback ahead of QB Joe Webb this week.

RG Anthony Herrera said his stamina “wasn’t a problem” in his first full game back from knee reconstruction. “We only had 36 plays, so it wasn’t a problem at all,” Herrera said. “But our training staff did a really great job of getting me in shape, getting me ready to play. I surprised myself. I wasn’t tired at all.”

WR Michael Jenkins was a full participant in practice despite a previously undisclosed groin injury.