Greg Jennings said he could see the headlines coming Wednesday when he was forced to miss the Minnesota Vikings organized team activities because of a minor ankle injury. Jennings is drawing attention in his first offseason for Minnesota since coming over from the Green Bay Packers and Wednesday's practice was the first open to the media. Jennings, who was limited to a career-low eight games last year because of injuries, understood the timing of his injury and lamented the situation to coach Leslie Frazier. "That was the first thing I said, "Of all the days, the media is here and I'm not practicing. Great,'" Jennings said Thursday while participating in the Vikings' annual playground build. Jennings was an active spectator during practices, staying with the wide receiver group during drills and talking with the receivers, quarterbacks and coaches. Frazier said Wednesday the injury wasn't serious. Jennings, who said taking the mental repetitions is important at this time of year, was with the rest of the team at the team's annual playground build at the Howe Campus of Hiawatha Community School in Minneapolis and said he's not concerned about the injury, as well as noting an important aspect of the timing of the injury. "It is May," Jennings said. "May. And I'm perfectly fine." Frazier said Thursday Jennings will likely return to practice next week. Frazier also said he's talked with veteran defensive end Jared Allen, the only player missing from this week's OTAs, who is reportedly out of town to tend to a family matter. "Yeah, from everything in my conversations with him, he should be back at our practices next week, which will be good," Frazier said. "He actually gets back on June 1; looking forward to having him back around and participating as well." The Vikings benefited from the nearly unanimous participation in the offseason program last year, a point Frazier credited often as the team recovered from 3-13 in 2011 to a playoff berth in 2012. Allen's arrival — he has spent some time in town rehabbing after shoulder surgery — would mean 100 percent participation in this season's workouts in terms of players taking part in at least part of the program.
Jennings, Allen expected back at Vikings practice next week
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