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Continued: Peterson returns to MVP form with 25 carries, 140 yards

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 4, 2013 - 6:34 AM

However, he injured his foot on the play and left the game for good. Rudolph said X-rays were negative but he had his foot in a protective boot after the game.

In other injury news, right tackle Phil Loadholt suffered a concussion late in the second quarter. Coach Leslie Frazier said Loadholt likely will miss Thursday night’s game against Washington because he probably won’t have enough time to pass the NFL concussion protocol.

Veteran J’Marcus Webb replaced Loadholt and gave up a sack/strip by George Selvie on the first play of the second half. Dallas’ Nick Hayden recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter. Frazier did not have an immediate update on the severity after the game.

No-huddle wrinkle

The Vikings came out in a no-huddle offense the first two series, which seemed to get them into a rhythm against a Cowboys defense that entered the game ranked last in the NFL in total defense and pass defense.

“We feel like we were going to be able to move the ball and put up some points,” wide receiver Jarius Wright said. “We saw when we ran a little no-huddle that they get fatigued a little bit. Early in the game we tried to take advantage.”

Quarterback rotation

Josh Freeman was inactive, meaning Matt Cassel served as Christian Ponder’s backup. Frazier indicated at the beginning of last week that either Ponder or Freeman would start.

He declined to announce a backup after officially naming Ponder the starter Friday. But the team kept the same rotation that it used during individual drills in practice: Ponder, Cassel and then Freeman.

Etc.

• With four tackles, linebacker Chad Greenway became the seventh player in Vikings history to record 1,000.

• The Cowboys called 51 pass plays and nine runs.

• For the season, Ponder has more rushing touchdowns (four) than touchdown passes (three).

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