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Adrian Peterson, Jerome Simpson should start Sunday against Arizona

Posted by: under Injury report, Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings injury report, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier Updated: October 19, 2012 - 1:48 PM

Here's your Vikings injury report for Sunday's game with Arizona:

  • Out: Mistral Raymond (ankle)
  • Questionable: Marvin Mitchell (calf), Matt Asiata (knee)
  • Probable: Adrian Peterson (ankle), Christian Ponder (knee), Jared Allen (groin), Antoine Winfield (knee), Jerome Simpson (low back), Everson Griffen (personal reasons), Robert Blanton (hamstring),

And while there are several notable players listed, coach Leslie Frazier can't help but feel thankful for how injury-free his team has been through the season's first six weeks.

"I tell you, every time I see these injury reports from around the league, I go, 'Wow!'," Frazier said this afternoon. "Key players on teams are being lost for the season, not just weeks. So far, we've been very, very blessed in a lot of ways."

Peterson missed two practices this week but was a full participant Friday and will start this weekend. Simpson, meanwhile, was a full participant all week and will also start against Arizona.

"He had a good week," Frazier said.

Defensive lineman Everson Griffen is back in Arizona to attend his mother's funeral on Saturday. Griffen will fly back to the Twin Cities late Saturday night, according to Frazier. Griffen is listed on the injury report as probable. But Frazier didn't want to make any assumptions as to where the 24-year-old will be emotionally after this weekend.

"It's hard to say," Frazier said. "You don't know how people react to a moment like that. We'll see how he does. Everybody's different."


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