Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier met with reporters after practice on Friday and disclosed that both RB Adrian Peterson and QB Christian Ponder will be listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report. The NFL’s injury reporting guidelines dictate that the tag “questionable” means a 50-50 chance of playing.
Both players practiced on Friday as they look to make a push to Sunday’s game against the Lions. Peterson is battling an ankle injury sustained in Week 11 against the Raiders, while Ponder is trying to overcome a hip injury sustained last week against the Denver Broncos.
Peterson returned to the practice field on Thursday, a big step in his recovery from the injury. His status won’t be certain until 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Ponder missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but came back to practice on Friday and stayed afterward for more individual work. Frazier said it may require another look at Ponder before the game to make a determination on his status, but a similar additional look at Peterson may not be needed.
Aside from Peterson and Ponder, all other Vikings on the Friday injury report are all probable for Sunday’s game. The list includes: Asher Allen (shoulder), Chad Greenway (elbow), Everson Griffen (quadriceps), Percy Harvin (finger), E.J. Henderson (shoulder), Anthony Herrera (knee), Steve Hutchinson (illness), Brian Robison (concussion), and Visanthe Shiancoe (hand).
For the Lions, DE Lawrence Jackson is out; S Louis Delmas (knee) and CB Chris Houston (knee) are doubtful; LB Justin Durant (hamstring), DT Nick Fairley (foot), and RB Kevin Smith (ankle) are questionable; and G Rob Sims (shoulder) and DE Willie Young (ankle) are probably. Also, DT Ndamukong Suh is suspended for Sunday’s game.
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