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Updated: January 4th, 2013 1:34pm
Vikings list Christian Ponder, Antoine Winfield as questionable

Vikings list Christian Ponder, Antoine Winfield as questionable

by Tom Pelissero
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Christian Ponder was limited in practice for a third consecutive day by his sore elbow, and the Minnesota Vikings listed him as questionable for Saturday's NFC wild-card playoff game at Green Bay.

That designation means Ponder has a 50% chance for playing, although coach Leslie Frazier didn't seem overly concerned about the quarterback's health on Thursday.

Ponder grabbed the elbow after it collided with the helmet of blitzing Packers safety Morgan Burnett in the second quarter of the Vikings' win on Sunday.

He stayed in the game and turned in one of his best performances of the season, completing 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards, three touchdowns and a 120.2 rating.

"I think he'll be all right," Frazier said on Thursday. "He's going to do everything he can to make sure he's ready to go. He's doing a lot more stuff mentally than physical right now. But he should be fine."

Cornerback Antoine Winfield also was listed as questionable, but he said on Thursday he'll play with a cast protecting his broken right hand.

Backup linebacker Tyrone McKenzie (shoulder) was ruled out as expected. Everyone else was listed as probable (virtual certainty of playing).

The Packers listed halfback James Starks (knee) as questionable and all other players of note -- including receivers Jordy Nelson (knee) and Randall Cobb (ankle) -- as probable. 

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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