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Updated: December 5th, 2013 4:55pm
Injury report: Jamarca Sanford returns, Floyd leaves early on Thursday

Injury report: Jamarca Sanford returns, Floyd leaves early on Thursday

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford returned to practice on Thursday from an ankle injury that held him out on Wednesday. He was officially listed as limited. 

Sanford and safety Harrison Smith took first-team reps at practice, but Smith isn't eligible to play off the injured reserve-to return list until Dec. 15 after a foot injury in early October sidelined him for the previous two months. 

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd left Thursday's practice early due to an illness, per coach Leslie Frazier

Defensive end Jared Allen (finger) and linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) were the only other limited participants. 

Sitting out

Running back Adrian Peterson sat out again on Thursday to rest a groin injury he's been playing through since last month. Both Frazier and Peterson showed no concern for his availability on Sunday at the Baltimore Ravens. 

Quarterback Christian Ponder has still not been cleared to practice after a concussion he suffered in Sunday's win against the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Matt Cassel will start with Josh Freeman serving as backup. 

Tight end Kyle Rudolph has not healed as quickly as the Vikings had hoped and will not practice this week as originally intended. Rudolph fractured his foot in the Nov. 3 loss at the Dallas Cowboys. 

Cornerback Josh Robinson (chest) still has not returned to practice from a fractured sternum he suffered in the Nov. 17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks. Linebacker Larry Dean was held out again with a knee injury. 

Notes

• Receiver Greg Childs practiced on Thursday, which marks the first time he's been able to practice on back-to-back days this season. The Vikings have until Monday to decide whether or not to activate him or place him on injured reserve, per Frazier.

• Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti was not wearing his knee brace during Wednesday's walkthrough, but put the brace back on his surgically repaired left knee during padded practice on Thursday. Mauti was inserted back onto the kickoff unit last week after tweaking the knee in the loss at Seattle.

• Safety Andrew Sendejo will likely start on Sunday with Smith sitting out his last game, but the special-teams standout has been placed back on kickoff unit, at least during Thursday's practice. Smith is eligible to return to play next week and Frazier would not say whether or not Sanford or Sendejo would start alongside him against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 15.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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