Eden Prairie, MN (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Vikings have declared both
quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield questionable for
Saturday's clash with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs,
after each put in limited practices on Friday.
Head coach Leslie Frazier has expressed optimism during the week that both
will be available for this weekend's matchup at Lambeau Field, which comes six
days after the Vikings posted a 37-34 home win over the Packers to secure the
NFC's final wild card berth.
Ponder has been listed as limited all week due to a bruised throwing elbow,
which he sustained during a collision with Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett in
the second quarter of last Sunday's regular-season finale. The 2011 first-
round pick did stay in the entire game, however, and tied a career high with
three touchdown passes while throwing for 234 yards without an interception.
"I think he'll be alright," said Frazier 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."
Winfield fractured his right hand during Minnesota's Week 16 win at Houston
and exited last Sunday's contest because of the injury, but has been fitted
with a new cast and is expected to play despite the questionable tag.
Star running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown on
a career-best 34 carries in last week's critical victory, missed some
practice time during the week with a minor abdominal strain but is listed as
probable for the playoffs.
Other notables regarded as probable for Sunday's tilt include defensive ends
Jared Allen (shoulder) and Brian Robison (shoulder), safety Harrison Smith
(knee), offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), cornerback A.J. Jefferson
(ankle) and punter Chris Kluwe (knee).
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