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Updated: December 10th, 2011 6:15pm
Christian Ponder likely to work out before game; Adrian Peterson iffy

Christian Ponder likely to work out before game; Adrian Peterson iffy

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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DETROIT -- If Christian Ponder makes a seventh consecutive start, the Minnesota Vikings will make the decision on game day.

Ponder's sore hip continued to improve on Saturday, an NFL source said, and if the rookie quarterback wakes up feeling good, the plan is for him to work him out before Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

However, backup Joe Webb remained the favorite to start after taking nearly all of the first-team reps during the week. The Vikings must make the decision before 10:30 a.m. Central, when each team must turn in its inactives.

Ponder, who suffered a hip pointer early in last weekend's loss to Denver but finished the game, got limited reps in Friday's practice and said afterward the right side of his body remains stiff.

The status of halfback Adrian Peterson remained clouded, but there were no plans to work him out before Sunday's game. Both he and Ponder were listed as questionable on Friday's injury report and no changes were made on Saturday. 

Peterson hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain on Nov. 20 against Oakland but practiced on Thursday and Friday, giving coaches enough information to make a decision based at least in part on how he feels on Sunday morning.

Peterson said on Friday he's only "about 80 percent" healthy. However, Peterson made clear that if he feels he's not at risk for further injury, he planned to pitch coaches to let him play this week.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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