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.