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Updated: December 5th, 2011 12:48pm
Christian Ponder has hip pointer; Adrian Peterson 'close' to returning

Christian Ponder has hip pointer; Adrian Peterson 'close' to returning

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Christian Ponder's health will be monitored closely this week as he recovers from a hip pointer suffered Sunday early in the Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Denver Broncos.

Ponder didn't miss any snaps after suffering the hip pointer, which is a bruise created by a direct blow on the hip bone. 

But the injury "did inhibit some of his movement," coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged on Monday, saying the Vikings will see how their rookie quarterback progresses as they prepare for Sunday's game at Detroit.

"The trainers are telling me he should be fine," Frazier said. "It's going to take a few days, but he should be fine by the time we line up on Sunday."

Frazier said it's likely Ponder will be limited in practice when the Vikings begin preparations for the Detroit game on Wednesday.

If Ponder can't play against the Lions, second-year pro Joe Webb would start with veteran Sage Rosenfels backing him up.

Rosenfels was claimed off waivers by the Vikings last Friday and has had very limited time to digest the offense run by coordinator Bill Musgrave.

"I talked with Sage about his role on our team and he's comfortable being that third guy and really helping Christian, along with Joe, to develop," Frazier said. "He wouldn't be far enough along to be put in a starting role."

Meanwhile, halfback Adrian Peterson is "very close" to returning from his high ankle sprain, Frazier said, although the Vikings won't have a better idea until Wednesday about his chances for returning this week.

Three other starters had injuries on Sunday.

Linebacker Chad Greenway suffered a hyperextended elbow but returned. Greenway said after the game he was fine.

End Brian Robison suffered a concussion and will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe came in Monday with a swollen hand and underwent X-rays that showed no fracture.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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