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Updated: December 8th, 2013 10:46am
Vikings near full strength as Robinson, Rudolph highlight inactives

Vikings near full strength as Robinson, Rudolph highlight inactives

by Andrew Krammer
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The Minnesota Vikings are near full strength as cornerback Josh Robinson and tight end Kyle Rudolph are the only starters inactive on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion) is inactive, setting the stage for Josh Freeman to suit up for just the third time in nine games since joining the Vikings two months ago. Freeman will backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who will get his third start of the season and his first since Oct. 13. 

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (groin) and safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle) were listed as questionable, but will play, as coach Leslie Frazier predicted this week. Linebacker Audie Cole will get his third straight start as the middle linebacker, with linebacker Erin Henderson playing for the first time since the Nov. 17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks. Henderson will start at the weak-side linebacker and come off the field in nickel packages. 

The Baltimore Ravens were forced to deactivate more of their talent as sack-leader and linebacker Elvis Dumervil will not suit up. Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Dumervil a 'game-time decision' during a conference call this week, but they'll be without one of their premiere edge rushers on Sunday. 

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will make his season debut after dislocating his hip in July. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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