Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Vikings injury report: Cook, Sanford back
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got some good news in their first full practice since last Thursday's game: defensive backs Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford, who missed the team's previous two games with a strained hip muscle and groin, respectively, both were full participants on Wednesday.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he expects both players will be ready for Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, which means the Vikings should once again have three of their four starters back in their secondary.
That extra depth could be especially important. The Seahawks could get Percy Harvin back from a hip injury, just in time to put some stress on his old team, and the Vikings will need Sanford's help in run support against Marshawn Lynch. Safety Mistral Raymond, who figures to get fewer snaps if Sanford is back, has missed a handful of tackles in the Vikings' previous two games.
In other Vikings injury news:
- Quarterback Christian Ponder (shoulder) was officially limited, but he took first-team snaps in the portion of practice open to reporters. Quarterback Josh Freeman said Ponder "probably got the majority" of snaps with the Vikings' No. 1 offense, and it still seems likely Ponder will start on Sunday.
- Defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) were out of practice, as was linebacker Erin Henderson (illness).
- Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and fullback Jerome Felton (back) were limited in practice. This is Felton's first appearance on the injury report with a back injury this season.
- Defensive tackle Letroy Guion (chest), left guard Charlie Johnson (elbow), right tackle Phil Loadholt (concussion) and linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) were full participants.