By Joseph Gunther
The Minnesota Vikings are starting to feel the effects of a physical game.
After defeating the San Francisco 49ers at Mall of America Field, the Vikings began its preparation to face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field with several starters on the injury report.
DE Jared Allen (neck)
The ninth-year veteran was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. He was a full participant on Friday. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s win over the 49ers, but missed only a few snaps. He has four tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble through three games this season. He is expected to be the starting right defensive end with Everson Griffen as his backup. Status for Sunday: Probable.
LB Erin Henderson (concussion)
The fourth-year veteran did not practice at all this week. He was injured in the Week 2 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He recorded 22 tackles and two sacks through the first two games of the season. He should return as the starting weakside linebacker when he is cleared to practice again. Status for Sunday: Out.
LB Marvin Mitchell (ankle)
The sixth-year veteran was a full participant all week in practice. He was injured in the final preseason game and did not play in Weeks 1 or 2. He made his Vikings debut in as the starting weakside linebacker in Sunday’s win over the 49ers with one tackle. With Henderson still out, he should remain the starting weakside linebacker against the Lions. Status for Sunday: Probable.
QB Christian Ponder (neck)
The second-year veteran was limited in Wednesday, a full participant Thursday and not even given a status for Friday’s practice. He was added to the injury report following Thursday’s practice. He has completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 713 yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception through three games this season. He is expected to be the starting quarterback Sunday with Joe Webb and McLeod Bethel-Thompson listed as his backups. Status for Sunday: Probable.
S Mistral Raymond (ankle)
The second-year veteran did not practice all week. He injured the ankle in Sunday’s victory and is expected to be out 3-5 weeks. He has five tackles and one pass defensed through three games this season. He is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Jamarca Sanford. Status for Sunday: Out.
DE D’Aundre Reed (calf)
The first-year player was a limited participant in Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. Friday, he was a full participant. He suffered the injury during practice last week and did not play in Sunday’s victory. He has not recorded any statistics through two games this season. He remains listed as the second team left end behind Brian Robison. Status for Sunday: Probable.
TE Kyle Rudolph (quad)
The second-year veteran did not practice Wednesday, then was a limited participant Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He injured his leg during Sunday’s victory, but did not miss any snaps. He has 13 catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns through three games this season. He is expected to play and start on Sunday with John Carlson and Rhett Ellison as his backups. Status for Sunday: Probable.
S Andrew Sendejo (ankle)
The second-year veteran was a limited participant in Wednesday and Friday’s practice and missed all of Thursday’s practice. He was injured during the third preseason game and did not play the final preseason game and week one. He returned in Week 2 and played each of the last two games without recording any statistics. If he plays, it will be as a reserve safety behind Harrison Smith and on special teams. Status for Sunday: Questionable.
The Vikings list probable as a 75 percent chance the player will play, questionable means it is 50 percent, doubtful is 25 percent and out means the player will not play.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.