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.

13 responses to “Key players banged up for Vikings-Lions

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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!!

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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