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Updated: December 21st, 2012 11:39am
Brian Robison returns to practice, but status remains questionable

Brian Robison returns to practice, but status remains questionable

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brian Robison was on the field when the Minnesota Vikings began practice on Friday, raising the chances he'll be ready for Sunday's critical game at Houston.

But he was listed as questionable (50% chance of playing) on the injury report, and coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings need to see how Robison's sprained shoulder responds to Friday's limited workload before deciding how they'll proceed.

"He feels better," Frazier said. "We'll talk a little bit more about how we want to proceed with him. But he did enough in practice (Friday) to create some encouragement amongst our staff and his teammates as well."

Robison suffered a Grade 3 sprain of his right shoulder in last weekend's win at St. Louis. He left the locker room in a sling and didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

"What he has to say will make a difference," Frazier said. "We saw some things (Friday) that makes us think he may have a chance. But he has to feel it both mentally and physically."

Left tackle Matt Kalil (illness) and halfback Adrian Peterson (abdomen/groin) also were in uniform and on the field for the portion of practice reporters were allowed to see. Both were listed as probable (virtual certainty of playing).

Peterson "did a good job, went through everything in practice," Frazier said. "So, he should be fine for Sunday."

Also probable were: cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), end Jared Allen (shoulder), punter Chris Kluwe (left knee/right groin), tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), end Everson Griffen (elbow) and cornerback/return man Marcus Sherels (quadriceps/elbow).

The Texans ruled out cornerback Alan Ball (foot) and listed everyone else as probable.

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