Injury report: Ponder's status in question, Sanford will play Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - There's no setback for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who dislocated his shoulder at the end of the third quarter in Thursday's win over the Washington Redskins.
Ponder seemed more cautious on Monday about his outlook for Sunday's game at the Seattle Seahawks as opposed to after Thursday's win when he said he expected to play.
"It feels better today and hopefully each day I continue to get treatment, it'll keep feeling better and better," Ponder said. "Range of motion on Friday was terrible. It's actually pretty good today. It's about trying to get strength back, trying to get the full functionality back. Range of motion isn't completely there, but it's pretty good."
"I don't know what we're going to do. I'm sure we'll talk about it with [Eric] Sugarman, our trainer, and figure out if I can play or not."
The injury occurred during a hit by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall as Ponder attempted to cap off a 14-yard run into the endzone before Hall hit him out of bounds. Quarterback Matt Cassel handed the ball off to running back Adrian Peterson on the next play for the one-yard touchdown and 28-27 lead.
Coach Leslie Frazier said "one of those two guys" in Cassel or Josh Freeman would start if Ponder can't go, but the pecking order is still not clear.
"Probably have to take a look and just see if he can function," Frazier said. "You don't want to put him in harm's way. If he can't protect himself you wouldn't want to put him out there. So we'll have a better idea when we come back on Wednesday and start practicing."
The dislocated shoulder, in his non-throwing arm, is a matter of playing through pain, Ponder said.
"The thing with this injury is, it's not really going to hinder anything. It's not hindering my throwing motion or anything," Ponder said. "It's just going to be taking a hit or something, and we don't have fear that it's going to get worse. It's just going to be able to handle the pain, and if I can do it, then I'll play."
The Vikings had everyone back for Monday's walkthrough except for defensive tackle Fred Evans, according to Frazier.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt (concussion) went through another part of the NFL protocol on Monday, per Frazier, and he was at walkthrough.
Left guard Charlie Johnson (elbow), safety Jamarca Sanford (groin), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (shoulder), cornerback Chris Cook (hip) and running back Matt Asiata (personal) were at practice.
Sanford said he will play on Sunday for the first time since Oct. 27 against the Green Bay Packers.
"Oh yeah, ready to go," Sanford said.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph walked around the locker room in a boot on Monday, still with three to five weeks left in his recovery from a broken foot.
Not on crutches any more, Rudolph is still limited to the healing process of a broken bone.
"The biggest thing now is just still getting all the swelling out and letting the fracture heal," Rudolph said. "There is nothing we can do to speed it up."