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Updated: December 14th, 2011 11:22am
Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder practicing, seem on track for Sunday

Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder practicing, seem on track for Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder were on the field when the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday, and early indications are both are on track to start this weekend's game against New Orleans.

"Both of those guys moved through a full practice without any inhibitions," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Everything was good with both of those guys."

Peterson, who officially was listed as a limited participant on the injury report, has missed three consecutive games since suffering a Grade 1 high left ankle sprain and ligament damage when Oakland safety Michael Huff rolled on him on Nov. 20.

Frazier said on Monday that Peterson was "very close" to playing last weekend at Detroit and expressed optimism again on Wednesday about having him against the Saints.

"You could see it slightly in some phases," Frazier said of the injury, "but not even close to where it was a week ago. Much better."

Asked if Peterson is good to go for Sunday, Frazier said, "It seems that way. We've got some more days of practice prior to Sunday. So, he'll continue to work to get his conditioning back. But he's one of those guys who never really gets out of shape."

Ponder, who was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice, barely practiced last week because of a hip pointer and was benched in the third quarter of the Vikings' loss to the Lions after committing his fourth turnover.

However, Frazier said Ponder came out of that game no worse for wear and reiterated on Wednesday the rookie will start against the Saints.

"No, there is no doubt," Frazier said. "Barring any unforeseen mishap in practice, no, there is no doubt."

The only players not on the field when practice began were cornerback Chris Cook, who remains on paid leave, and receiver Greg Camarillo, who reported concussion-like symptoms on Tuesday.

"We're taking (Camarillo) through the protocol regarding concussions and we'll know a little bit more probably (Thursday) about his status and whether or not we'll have him available for Sunday," Frazier said. "So, we'll see how it goes throughout the week."

The Vikings already are short at receiver. Already this week, they have placed rookie Stephen Burton on injured reserve with a knee injury, promoted Emmanuel Arceneaux from the practice squad and signed two rookies, Kris Adams and Owen Spencer, to the practice squad.

Linebacker E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and safety Jarrad Page (hip) were limited participants in practice. Cornerback Asher Allen (shoulder) was a full participant.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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