Wednesday practices are over, which means it’s time for teams to submit their initial injury reports of the week. The Vikings and Lions have each submitted their reports, and since its Week 14 there is a lot to go over.
We’ll break down each team, starting with the Vikings…
Held out of practice on Wednesday were LG Steve Hutchinson (illness), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), QB Christian Ponder (hip) and DE Brian Robison (concussion). The Vikings also had 4 players who were limited in practice, including CB Asher Allen (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (elbow), DE Everson Griffen (quad) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hand). LB E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and RG Anthony Herrera (knee) were both listed as full participants.
There are no real surprises on that list for the Vikings. During his Wednesday press conference, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier indicated that both Peterson and Ponder would be held out of practice. Frazier was optimistic that Ponder could play this Sunday.
For the Lions, the following six players did not participate in practice: S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (knee), DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh), RB Kevin Smith (ankle) and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury-related). LB Justin Durant (hamstring), CB Brandon McDonald (thigh), G Rob Sims (shoulder) and DE Willie Young (ankle) were all limited.
There aren’t any big surprises here, either. With DT Ndamukong Suh out for the game (suspension), the health of Fairley will be important this week. He was the team’s 1st-round draft choice this year and has missed significant time this year because of the foot injury. With Suh out, Fairley becomes even more important in that DL rotation for the Lions. The health of Delmas and Houston is also important for the Lions defense because both players are starters. Delmas is more of a force in the run game, while Houston is the team-leader in INTs with 4.
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