Injury report: Vikings to 'rethink' Kevin Williams at nose, Guion out
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - A setback for defensive tackle Letroy Guion has the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff rethinking starting defensive tackle Kevin Williams at nose.
This week, Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams were confident Guion would be able to play. Uncertain how much Guion would play, coaches stated Kevin Williams would play nose 'sometimes.'
"We were hoping at the time that I made that statement that Letroy [Guion] was going to make it," Frazier said. I'm not certain that he will now, so we'll have to go back and discuss what's the best way to go."
Minutes after Frazier's Friday press conference, the Vikings posted an official injury report that labeled Guion out for Sunday. He's the only one on a day-to-day injury watch ruled out. Initially listed with a shoulder injury after the Nov. 7 win over the Washington Redskins, Guion's injury is now categorized as a chest ailment.
Williams played a season-high 63 snaps, most at nose tackle, in the win over the Redskins. The change in perspective sparked him for 2.5 sacks, more than he's had in the past 23 games combined and his first multi-sack game since Brett Favre was quarterback.
Despite Williams' reluctance to make a less-than-temporary switch, Frazier said that is back on the table as long as Guion is out.
"We'll have to rethink that," Frazier said.
Defensive tackle Fred Evans is listed as questionable with a knee injury, but Frazier seemed optimistic he would be able to play. Evans is the only other option for nose tackle with rookie DT Sharrif Floyd potentially starting at three-technique if Williams switches to nose again.
The Vikings have 15 players on their injury report, 10 of which are listed as probable.
Running back Adrian Peterson sat out of practice all week with a groin injury, but there's no concern regarding his availability for Sunday. Quarterback Christian Ponder (shoulder) is probable and will likely start.
Receiver Greg Jennings was limited on Friday with an Achilles injury, but will play, per Frazier.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt (concussion) and left guard Charlie Johnson (elbow/toe) are both expected back. The Vikings haven't played their starting five offensive linemen since the first half at the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 3.
Safety Jamarca Sanford will start alongside safety Andrew Sendejo on Sunday. Sanford is returning from a groin injury that has kept him out since the Oct. 27 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cornerback Chris Cook (hip/hamstring) is also expected to play.
Evans and tight end Rhett Ellison are listed as questionable. Ellison appeared to take part in special teams during the open media portion of practice.
Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder) is doubtful. Running back Toby Gerhart took his place on kickoff return at practice.