You know your secondary is in pretty rough shape when inserting Asher Allen into the starting lineup is considered a major upgrade.

Regardless, that is where the Vikings are at this year, and it appears Allen will indeed be able to play against the Lions this week.  Allen is thought to be on pace to start against the Lions after being limited in Wednesday’s practice because of a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined last week against the Broncos.

Steve Hutchinson was surprisingly absent from practice and has been listed with an “illness.”

Adrian Peterson (ankle), Christian Ponder (hip), and Brian Robison (concussion) each did not take part in practice.

Allen (shoulder), Everson Griffen (quadriceps), Chad Greenway (elbow), and Visanthe Shiancoe (hand) all practiced on a limited basis.  Meanwhile, E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and Anthony Herrera (knee) were able to fully participating.

After Sunday’s debacle against Tim Tebow and the Broncos, head coach Leslie Frazier gave some a reason to believe that some players in the secondary could be losing their jobs.  I also expected the Vikings, who have obviously been eliminated from any post season play, may also add some players to their injured reserve to increase their recovery times for varying injuries.

Instead, the Vikings have not yet made a single transaction this week and it appears the roster will remain unchanged heading into Sunday’s game against the Lions. 

According to the NFL’s transaction page, the Vikings have made 32 transactions since the start of the 2011 season.