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Injury update: Vikings still hoping to have Brian Robison back against Packers

Posted by: under Vikings, Packers, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Brian Robison, Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 27, 2012 - 3:43 PM

As has been the routine the past several weeks, both running back Adrian Peterson and cornerback Antoine Winfield were held out of Thursday’s practice. Peterson continues dealing with an abdomen injury while Winfield has a broken bone in his right hand.

But coach Leslie Frazier said both players will certainly play Sunday against Green Bay. So, too, will Jared Allen who missed Wednesday’s practice due to illness but was back Thursday.

At present, the only Viking in danger of missing Sunday’s finale with the Packers is defensive end Brian Robison, still working back from a shoulder sprain suffered two weeks ago in St. Louis.

The Vikings are holding out hope that Robison will be able to play Sunday, even if his reps are somewhat limited.

“It’s hard to tell until he gets out there and actually put the pads on and begins to bang a little bit,” Frazier said. “We’d like for him to play a lot. But it’s kind of hard to say until you put the shoulder pads on and start banging. But he’s getting to the point where we feel like he may be able to get out there.”

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