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Updated: August 30th, 2012 5:29pm
Vikings deactivate 24 players for exhibition finale at Houston

Vikings deactivate 24 players for exhibition finale at Houston

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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HOUSTON -- The Minnesota Vikings haven't lost any starters to injury in the preseason, and they weren't about to start on Thursday night.

The team announced shortly before game time that 24 players, including almost all of their starters, would not dress for their exhibition finale at Houston.

The list of scratches included: quarterback Christian Ponder; receivers Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson; cornerbacks Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield; halfbacks Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart; safety Jamarca Sanford; fullback Jerome Felton; linebackers Erin Henderson, Chad Greenway and Jasper Brinkley; offensive linemen John Sullivan, Phil Loadholt, Matt Kalil and Charlie Johnson; tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson; and defensive linemen Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Brian Robison and Letroy Guion.

Safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle) and safety Mistral Raymond (lower-back spasms) were scratched because of injuries. Cornerbacks Josh Robinson (concussion) and Marcus Sherels (ankle) weren't on the inactive list but were expected to sit out, too.

Significant players the team announced would dress and start included receiver Michael Jenkins, right guard Brandon Fusco, nose tackle Fred Evans and safety Harrison Smith. But only Evans actually was on the field when the game began.

Also, Felton suited up and played extensively at fullback. Deactivations in the preseason aren't official.

The Texans announced 30 players weren't dressing. That list included all of their starters.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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