Thursday, December 26, 2013
Vikings: Xavier Rhodes practices again
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- In addition to getting Adrian Peterson back on the practice field, the Vikings saw cornerback Xavier Rhodes practice for the second time this week on Thursday, giving coach Leslie Frazier hope the rookie could play in the season finale against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Before he missed the Vikings' past two games with a sprained ankle, Rhodes had been turning into one of the Vikings' best cover corners, and the team especially suffered without him in Cincinnati last weekend, when Chris Cook gave up two touchdown passes in a 42-14 loss. If the Vikings were to get Rhodes back on the field, it could help them against Calvin Johnson and give them one more chance to see the rookie against top competition this year. Cook has typically covered Johnson in Vikings-Lions matchups, but if Rhodes is healthy enough to start, he could see time lined up against Johnson.
The Vikings are also trying to get cornerback Shaun Prater back from a sprained ankle, and coach Leslie Frazier said his starters would depend on "how healthy they are."
"They should all be out there tomorrow," Frazier said. "We'll figure out how healthy they all actually are."
Frazier also said running back Toby Gerhart looks like a long shot to play Sunday; Gerhart was not on the practice field again on Thursday with a strained hamstring.
Here is the Vikings' full injury report:
- Did not practice: LB Audie Cole (ankle), DT Letroy Guion (quadriceps), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), CB Shaun Prater (ankle), G Charlie Johnson (personal).
- Limited practice: S Harrison Smith (foot/groin), RB Adrian Peterson (groin/foot), LB Larry Dean (knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle), DT Fred Evans (knee), RB Matt Asiata (ankle), CB Chris Cook (knee).
- Full practice: FB Jerome Felton (knee), G Brandon Fusco (knee), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder).