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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.
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.”
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.
• 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).
|Los Angeles||1||Bottom 6th Inning|
|San Francisco||6||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Colorado||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Oakland||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Seattle||3||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Texas||1||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Cleveland||5||Top 7th Inning|
|San Antonio||7:00 PM|
|New Jersey||6:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||6:00 PM|
|NC A&T||47||2nd Half 0:53|
|Rice||20||1st Half 6:05|
|Mount St Marys||6:00 PM|
|Delaware State||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||8:00 PM|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||8:00 PM|
|North Dakota St|
|TX-San Antonio||9:30 PM|
|BYU||55||2nd Half 0:43|
|Penn||28||1st Half 2:56|
|Wyoming||15||1st Half 5:24|
|Alabama A&M||5:30 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast|
|East Tenn St||6:00 PM|
|Kennesaw St||6:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||6:00 PM|
|St Johns||8:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||8:00 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||8:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||10:30 PM|
|Long Beach St|
|San Diego State||10:30 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|
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