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By PFW staff

With the depth chart suddenly thin at wide receiver in terms of healthy, proven players, the Vikings brought in a pair of veteran free-agent receivers for workouts Friday.

Brandon Jones, cut by the 49ers earlier in the week, and ex-Raider Javon Walker both came to the Vikings' practice field in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Friday, but after working out for the team, both left without contracts.

The injury-prone Jones played in only eight games last season in San Francisco, making one catch for 18 yards.

Walker, meanwhile, played with Favre in Green Bay before a contract dispute and holdout in 2006 led to some public criticism from Favre and eventually his departure to Denver. In 2004, he recorded 89 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Walker played in only 11 games in Oakland the past two seasons, making 15 receptions.

Projected starting WR Sidney Rice is on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a hip injury, and 2009 PFW/PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin is sidelined with migraine headaches, as he has been for much of training camp. Second-year man Jaymar Johnson was waived/injured Wednesday after breaking his thumb in the preseason opener last Saturday.

Starting WR Bernard Berrian is the one Vikings wide receiver slated for substantial playing time who doesn't have a health issue as the regular season nears. The team is hopeful Harvin will be ready for Week One, but they're less certain about Rice, who on Friday backed off earlier statements that he would be ready to play Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

"It's still up in the air," he said, adding that he "feels a little bit of pain" when he goes full-speed.


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