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Rhodes, Asiata held out of Vikings practice

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings injury report Updated: December 18, 2013 - 4:24 PM

The only Vikings to miss today's practice at Winter Park were cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who missed the Eagles victory because of a sprained ankle; and tailback Matt Asiata, who sprained an ankle carrying the ball 30 times in relief of Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.

Peterson and Gerhart returned to practice, although they were limited.  Also back were Chris Cook, John Carlson and Brandon Fusco, who missed the Eagles game.

The Bengals put punter Kevin Huber, who was lit up illegally on a punt return Sunday, on injured reserve. Watch the injury here, if you have the stomach for it.

Here's today's injury report for the Vikings and Bengals, who meet on Sunday.

VIKINGS-BENGALS INJURY REPORT
Vikings: CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and RB Matt Asiata (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. CB Chris Cook (knee), G Brandon Fusco (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), RB Adrian Peterson (groin/foot) and S Harrison Smith (toe) were limited. TD John Carlson (concussion), LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand) and CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder) were full participants.
Bengals: P Kevin Huber (jaw/neck) was placed on injured reserve. LB James Harrison (concussion), CB Terence Newman (knee) and DE Carlos Dunlap (concussion) did not practice. G Kevin Zeitler (foot) was limited. TD Jermaine Gresham (abdomen) was a full participant.

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