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Updated: October 10th, 2012 12:40pm
Christian Ponder's knee OK, but Adrian Peterson's ankle still an issue

Christian Ponder's knee OK, but Adrian Peterson's ankle still an issue

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Christian Ponder says his sore right knee isn't much of an issue. Adrian Peterson's sore left ankle may be a different story.

The Minnesota Vikings held out their star halfback from practice on Wednesday, three days after he suffered what coach Leslie Frazier termed a "mild" ankle sprain on his first carry in a victory over Tennessee.

"His ankle's still a little bit sore," Frazier said.

The injury didn't have much impact on Peterson's availability against the Titans. He ran for 88 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 15 yards while playing 44 of 69 snaps (63.8%).

However, Peterson acknowledged after the game he felt "out of whack" and felt he couldn't cut the way he normally does, throwing off his focus in the first half.

"The whole game I was fighting through it," Peterson said after the game. "The wrong tackle aggravates it, but I got through it."

Peterson missed three games with a high left ankle sprain last season, returned on Dec. 18 against New Orleans and six days later blew out the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee on a hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

Sunday's game takes the Vikings back to Washington, where Ponder also was injured on Dec. 24. He suffered facial lacerations on an illegal hit by Redskins safety Reed Doughty, then departed with a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet shot from linebacker London Fletcher that didn't draw a flag.

Ponder was limited in practice last week by the knee, which he said on Sunday was "just swollen up and a bursa sac deal."

He said on Wednesday he continues to experience stiffness and is undergoing daily treatments to work out the swelling. "But it's not really bothering me at all," he said.

Receiver Jerome Simpson (back) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (stomach virus) also were expected to sit out on Wednesday. Frazier expressed optimism both would return on Thursday.

Safety Mistral Raymond (ankle) remains sidelined.

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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