Injury report: Blair Walsh tweaks his left leg, leaves practice early
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's rib injury has dominated headlines, but kicker Blair Walsh suffered a mild injury to his push-off leg during Thursday's practice, according to coach Leslie Frazier.
"Yeah, he was doing some kickoffs and felt a little bit of a [pain], so we shut him down [Thursday]," Frazier said. "Precautionary, we'll see how he does tomorrow. I think he'll be fine, based on what our trainer Eric Sugarman said."
Walsh became a rookie phenom after booting 10-for-10 from 50-plus yards and making the Pro Bowl last season. He hasn't missed a game since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012.
Frazier said he has a short list of available kickers to call up, if necessary, but said he shouldn't need to.
Safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Cook (groin) practiced on Thursday and Frazier said both should be ready to go after missing the Sept. 29 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.
"Both guys seem like they'll make it," Frazier said. "We'll see [Friday]."
Tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison (knee) hasn't played since the Sept. 15 loss at the Chicago Bears. Frazier said his knee was still sore, but he was a limited participant on Thursday.
Ponder and Frazier both said the once-starting quarterback is healthy after a rib injury he suffered in the Sept. 22 loss to the Cleveland Browns. But Frazier backtracked on his previous statement that Ponder is the starter, if healthy, by saying he hadn't made up his mind yet with a healthy Ponder.
The coaching staff has apparently already picked a starter for Sunday, as Ponder said the team informed him of the decision and continued on to say he "would be lying" if he wasn't disappointed.