Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch 03 Nov 11

K Ryan Longwell is in the midst of his worse slump since joining the Vikings in 2006. After making 15 consecutive field goal attempts and going two-plus seasons with only three misses, Longwell has missed three attempts in the past four games. He’s missed from 31, 38 and 43 yards.

WR Devin Aromashodu leads the team in average yards per reception (21.9). But he still has only seven catches. The bye week will help the Vikings figure out a way to get him more involved in the downfield passing game.

CB Antoine Winfield (neck) said there’s a 100 percent chance he will return after the bye week. That’s a major boost to a secondary that’s had to play without him for the past four games. And it comes at a good time, with the Vikingsfacing the Packers for the second time in three games.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe has two touchdown catches, matching last year’s total. He had 11 in 2009. He’s on pace for 46 receptions, one fewer than he had last season.

RB Adrian Peterson will rest an ankle that he tweaked in the Packers game two weeks ago. He still had an outstanding game against the Panthers, but the ankle is a little sore.

WR Percy Harvin remains second on the team in carries. He has 19, two more than backup RB Toby Gerhart. Harvin, who can run between the tackles or around end, averages 9.6 yards per carry with a 10-yard touchdown that came up the middle.

WR Percy Harvin gets a much-needed bye week off to heal some badly bruised ribs. The Vikings need him healthy because he’s so valuable as a receiver, runner, kick returner and downfield blocker.

CB Marcus Sherels could get more opportunities as a kickoff returner after his NFL debut at the position resulted in a game-opening 78-yard return Sunday. The Vikings would love to have Percy Harvin handle the job exclusively. But his badly bruised ribs and his value on offense makes that difficult. RB Lorenzo Booker is the backup kickoff returner, but he missed last week’s game because of a concussion.

LB E.J. Henderson can use the week to rest a troublesome left knee that swells up on him. The nagging injury has caused him to become a two-down player. Normally a player who never comes off the field, Henderson has had to turn over his nickel linebacker duties to younger brother Erin.

RG Anthony Herrera is staying in town with the other players who need treatment. Herrera is hoping the damaged lateral collateral ligament in his left knee will be better in time for him to start against the Packers. The way he’s limping now, that seems like a stretch. If he can’t play, the Vikings have a capable interior backup in Joe Berger. In fact, Berger might be good enough to warrant more starts based on performance and not just injuries.

RB Lorenzo Booker should be able to pass his third-party concussion test before the Packers game. He has only two carries and two receptions as the team’s third running back. But he’s got a team-high 13 kickoff returns for a 26.3-yard average per return.