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Updated: December 7th, 2011 12:32pm
Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson miss practice, may return Thursday

Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson miss practice, may return Thursday

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson weren't on the field when the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday.

The outlook for Ponder remains positive, though, while Peterson's status once again is up in the air because of his high ankle sprain.

Ponder suffered a hip pointer on a hit in the first quarter of last weekend's loss to the Denver Broncos. The rookie quarterback finished the game with an extra pad protecting the hip and said he'll "be wearing more pads for the rest of my NFL career."

Though he said he's "not too concerned" about the injury, Ponder acknowledged the hip is badly bruised and he hasn't tried to throw since Sunday.

"It's stiff," Ponder said on Wednesday, "and the crazy thing is it's right in your hip, but then there's so much swelling everywhere that kind of everything that attaches to the hip is kind of sore as well. It's not fun."

Ponder said he wants to practice but wouldn't rule out playing on Sunday at Detroit even if he can't, pointing out he started one game at Florida State despite everything except the team's walkthrough the night before.

According to Frazier, "all indications are" Ponder will make enough progress over the next four days to play against the Lions.

"He was a little stiffer than we thought he would be," Frazier said. "But hopefully, he'll get a little bit better (Wednesday) and in the next 24 hours just continue to improve."

Frazier said the plan is to test Ponder and Peterson, who has missed two straight games with the ankle injury, on Thursday.

In other injury news:

• Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who had X-rays after he came in Monday with a badly swollen hand, practiced on Wednesday. "He's going to probably be limited, just because of his hand, but he will get some work," Frazier said.

• Left end Brian Robison (concussion) still hasn't passed the IMPACT test and remains day to day. Frazier wouldn't speculate about the possibility of placing him on injured reserve. "We'll know a little bit more probably (Thursday) as to where he is and what his status will more than likely be," Frazier said. Robison did not practice Wednesday.

• Defensive end Everson Griffen was limited because of a quadriceps injury.

• Cornerback Asher Allen (shoulder) was limited in practice but is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday.

• Linebacker Chad Greenway (hyperextended elbow) wore a large brace as he went through individual drills in practice. He was listed as limited on the injury report.

• Left guard Steve Hutchinson was absent from practice because of an illness.

• Linebacker E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and right guard Anthony Herrera (knee) were listed on the injury report but did not miss any practice time.

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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