EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Returning to practice following last Thursday's game, the Minnesota Vikings defense was still without three starters in linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and safety Harrison Smith.

Starting safety Andrew Sendejo (knee) and backup linebacker Brandon Watts (rib) returned to practice. But Minnesota was also without backup defensive end Scott Crichton, who ran on the side during Tuesday's practice.

Barr, Joseph, Sendejo, Smith and Watts missed last week's 23-20 loss at Arizona. Joseph (foot) has missed the past two games.

Barr (groin/hand) and Smith (knee/hamstring) were held out last week after missing much of the previous week's game against Seattle. Smith did participate in the pre-practice stretch on Tuesday.

The Vikings host Chicago on Sunday.