Injury report: Ponder ruled out, Greg Childs progressing at practice
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game as he has not been cleared to practice since suffering a concussion in Sunday's win against the Chicago Bears, per coach Leslie Frazier.
Quick turnarounds have been made from concussions by Vikings players this season, but not from quarterbacks. Center John Sullivan, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and receiver Joe Webb all played the following week after missing practices due to brain injuries. Ponder, this week, and quarterback Josh Freeman, in October, were both ruled out the week following their concussions.
"Christian [Ponder] has not passed the NFL protocol for concussions, so he'll be out of this ballgame," Frazier said.
Running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury. Peterson has a track record of sitting out all week and excelling on Sundays, but Frazier wanted to get Peterson some work in for various reasons.
"We wanted to get [Peterson] some work so he can see where he is also not having worked the past week," Frazier said. "A little bit letting him see the defense, a feel for the plays we're going to ask him to run and also give him a day to see where he is at this point."
Safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle), linebacker Larry Dean (knee) and Peterson were all listed as questionable, but Frazier expects all three to play on Sunday.
All others are listed as probable: DT Sharrif Floyd (illness), RB Matt Asiata (shoulder), DT Fred Evans (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (toe), DE Jared Allen (finger) and S Andrew Sendejo (toe).
Receiver Greg Childs returned to practice two weeks ago, but was able to string together back-to-back practices this week for the first time since tearing patellar tendons in both knees about 16 months ago.
The Vikings have through Monday to either activate the 23-year-old receiver, place him on injured reserve or waive him.
"Greg [Childs] has really improved," Frazier said. "For the first time we were able to let him go back-to-back practices. From Wednesday and Thursday, he was a little sore Friday and he hasn't had any complaints and practiced well. Barring anything unforeseen, he should be ready to go next week."