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Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said defensive back Josh Robinson will not be placed on injured reserve following a fractured sternum he suffered against the Seahawks last week.
Frazier said he received a positive report on Robinson's recovery on Monday and expects him to return in a few weeks. Robinson's recovery time was initially announced 4-6 weeks with six games remaining.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph could also begin practicing next week. He fractured his left foot in Week 9 against the Cowboys and was also slated to miss 4-6 weeks.
“They’re both making good progress, so the IR conversation is kind of on the backburner,” Frazier said.
Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Joe Webb both suffered concussions in Sunday’s tie with the Packers. Frazier said their injuries will be the biggest health concerns leading up to Sunday’s contest against the Bears at the Metrodome.
Frazier also expects Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who was placed on injured reserve in October but designated to return, to practice on Wednesday. He has missed six weeks and still needs to sit out two more games before Harrison’s eligible to return with the team against the Eagles on Dec. 15.
Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings practiced for the first time this week on Thursday. He was a late scratch in Sunday’s loss against the Seahawks because of an Achilles injury that held him out of Wednesday’s practice, but he expects to play against his former team, the Packers, at Lambeau Field.
“Oh, I’m going,” Jennings said. “Unless the Lord does something different, has a different game plan and he delays this coming, I will be at Lambeau dressed and ready to go.”
Jennings said he doesn’t have any expectations for the reception he’ll receive during his return to Lambeau Field. He attempted to downplay the situation, claiming this game to be just another road game, but Jennings later admitted Sunday’s contest will be different.
“I’ll be used to the field, locker room will be a little different but a change of scenery is always good,” Jennings said.
Other injury notes:
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (groin), center John Sullivan (concussion) and linebacker Erin Henderson (personal matter) did not participate in Thursday's practice. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier remains optimistic that Peterson will play, but he's not as certain on Sullivan and Henderson.
Sullivan has yet to pass the NFL protocol on concussion related injuries and would likely be ruled out of Sunday's game if he doesn't practice Friday. Frazier isn't sure if Henderson will play as he deals with a personal issue. Linebacker Audie Cole would likely start in Henderson's place with linebacker Michael Mauti limited again on Thursday (knee).
Viking defensive ends Jared Allen (back) and Brian Robison (neck), defensive tackles Fred Evans (knee/shoulder) and Letroy Guion (chest) and tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) were also limited Thursday.
Vikings defensive back Josh Robinson will be out 4-6 weeks because of a fractured sternum he suffered in Sunday's loss against the Seahawks, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier announced during Monday's press conference.
Frazier did not say whether they would place Robinson on injured reserve yet with six weeks left in the season. That option will be discussed today by the front office. Xavier Rhodes would replace Robinson as the starting left cornerback, and Marcus Sherels would be the nickel back.
Vikings center John Sullivan also suffered a concussion during the game and will go through the NFL's protocol on concussion-related injuries.
Frazier has not made a decision on the starting quarterback against the Packers on Sunday.
He also said that Adrian Peterson, who was hampered because of a groin injury Sunday, would be evaluated this week.
The Vikings play at Green Bay on Sunday.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (left shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier hasn't said if Ponder will start against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Only two Vikings didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice, a telling sign that the extended break over the weekend did the injury plagued team some good.
Everyone participated in some way other than defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) and tight end Kyle Rudoph (foot). Linebacker Erin Henderson (illness), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and fullback Jerome Felton (back) were also limited along with Ponder.
Tackle Phil Loadholt (concussion), guard Charlie Johnson (elbow/toe), safety Jamarca Sanford (groin), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (chest) and defensive back Chris Cook (hamstring) were all full participants.
Former Vikings and current Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) was limited in practice. Running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) was also a limited participant.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was optimistic that he’d be ready to play against the Seahawks on Sunday following a shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Redskins.
Ponder said his left (non-throwing) shoulder’s range of motion on Friday was “terrible”. He also felt discomfort in his shoulder over the weekend as he went through rehab treatment but saw progress on Monday.
“Today it’s actually pretty good,” Ponder said. “It’s about trying to get the strength back, trying to get the full functionality back. Range of motion isn’t completely there, but it’s pretty good.”
The Vikings had a short walkthrough on Monday, but Ponder said he’ll try to practice on Wednesday and plans to push himself daily. He injured the shoulder late in the third quarter on a goal line collision near the pylon with Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall.
“It’s not like hindering my throwing motion or anything,” Ponder said of the injury. “It’s just being able to take a hit or something. We don’t have fear that it’s going to get worse. It’s just going to be able to handle the pain and if I can do it than I’ll play.”
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the strength of Ponder’s shoulder will be the most important factor on whether he plays in Seattle. Frazier reiterated he’d like to see Ponder practice on Thursday if he’s going to start.
“You don’t want to put him in harm’s way,” Frazier said. “If he can’t protect himself you wouldn’t want to put him out there. So we’ll have a better when we come back on Wednesday and start practicing. He’s made progress, which is encouraging.”
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