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Update: Winfield and Ponder on Vikings' injury report

Posted by: Chris Miller under Injury report, Vikings, Packers, Leslie Frazier, Vikings injury report, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Brett Favre, Brian Robison, Chris Kluwe, Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier, Phil Loadholt Updated: January 4, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Quarterback Christian Ponder is listed as questionable for the Vikings-Packers game tomorrow because of his sore right elbow. Ponder had limited participation in practice all week.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield is also questionable because of his broken right hand.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that he expected both to play.

Tyrone McKenzie, one of the team's top special teams player, is out because of an injured shoulder.

Listed as probable are running back Adrian Peterson (abdomen), safety Harrison Smith (knee), defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder), defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (quadriceps), punter Chris Kluwe (left, or non-kicking, knee) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (knee).

Update: For the Packers, defensive end Jerel Worthy (knee) and wide reciever Jarrett Boykin (ankle) are out, and running back James Starks (knee) is questionable.

Cornerback Charles Woodson returns from a broken collarbone and is probable, as are wide receiver Jordy Nelson (knee), receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb (ankle) and running back Alex Green (hip).

Out means a player has no chance of playing (unless he's Brett Favre). Questionable is 50 percent chance. Probable is virtual certainty he will play.

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