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Key players banged up for Vikings-Lions

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The starting quarterbacks were limited in practice on Thursday.  So was the star defensive end.  And the guy on the Madden cover has an ankle injury.  Along with the up-and-coming tight end, and the running back who had a 100-yard coming-out party on Sunday.

As the Vikings and Lions prepare to bang hats at Ford Field on Sunday, several key names remain on the injury list.

Gantt pointed out earlier that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder became a surprise addition to the injury report on Thursday with a neck injury.  Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to practice on a limited basis with a hip (actually hamstring) injury, after missing practice Wednesday.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been limited both days with a neck injury, and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been slowed by a bum ankle.  And running back Mikel Leshoure has been limited both days with a groin injury.

The good news for the Vikings is that second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday’s session with a quadricep injury.

Several other guys are banged up for both teams.  And there’s a good chance several more will be banged up after the Vikings and Lions renew acquaintances in the black-and-blue division.

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13 Responses to “Key players banged up for Vikings-Lions”
  1. madesian says: Sep 27, 2012 11:28 PM

    Yeah there are a lot of injuries but they’re all being played as minor. And I’m still scared of Calvin Johnson with a tweaked ankle, they don’t call him megatron for nothing.

    One guy joked about how Ponders injury might not even be an injury at all, just payback to the lions for the Stafford injury confusion.

    Should be an interesting game between two teams that no one really knows how good they are.

    Skol Vikings.

  2. edenprairieballer says: Sep 27, 2012 11:39 PM


  3. zn0rseman says: Sep 27, 2012 11:55 PM

    I wonder which Vikings team will show up this time. The one that convincingly beat down one of the best teams in the league (49ers) or the one that dropped a steaming number 2 on the field in Indy?

  4. illogic87 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:08 AM

    This game will be a classic NFC north brawl

  5. cpo187 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:08 AM

    Nice to see no AP on the Vikings injury list.

  6. tigers182 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:13 AM

    Importance of not skimming articles “Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been slowed by a bum”

  7. gunndlewittlebaum says: Sep 28, 2012 12:19 AM

    Not a single one of these players will be sitting out this game. This will be the game of the week – a real black and blue bash ’em up NFC style kick ass fest!

  8. pappavike says: Sep 28, 2012 1:24 AM

    Sounds like both teams are playing head games! I don’t think either teams gonna buy in to the I’m too banged-up report? Both teams will be healthy come game time theres no doubt!! Get ready for a good old slobber-nocker!!

  9. otissistrunk says: Sep 28, 2012 7:10 AM

    Calvin Johnson will be “injured” every week…and will play every’s called i don’t feel like practicing

  10. noeffinway says: Sep 28, 2012 7:39 AM

    Still working that Madden curse angle eh? Calvin has a sore ankle every game, every season…nothing new here.

  11. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    And Matt Stafford is injured all the time too. Except that he normally sits out if he has anything worse than a paper cut.

  12. 86chawk says: Sep 28, 2012 2:08 PM

    Not a fan of either team but i did have the Vikings as one of my surprise teams of the season and everyone laughed at me…….who’s laughing now? I watched the Vikings/49ers game last weekend and was truly impressed with the play of the young Vikings team.

  13. detlions80 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    86chawk, don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back… after all, it’s only week 4 and the NFC North is up for grabs at this point with 4 teams all 1 game apart.

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