Two key members of the Vikings have been listed as questionable ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Packers.
Quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield have both been given the 50/50 designation by the team on Friday. Ponder was limited all week by an elbow injury he suffered while getting hit by Packers safety Morgan Burnett last Sunday and he could be seen flexing and rubbing the arm during that game. Coach Leslie Frazier has expressed confidence all week that Ponder would be healthy enough to play come Saturday night.
The same is true of Winfield, who was forced out of the regular season finale while trying to play with a broken right hand. He plans to play with a cast on the hand this week and the Vikings surely hope that his second try is more successful.
Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has been ruled out for Minnesota. The Packers are looking as healthy as they’ve been since the start of the season. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy are out, but wide receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings join safety Charles Woodson with probable tags ahead of the playoff opener for both teams.