Christian Ponder might be running for his life Sunday against the Packers. The Vikings could be without two starting offensive lineman. Phil Loadholt (knee) and John Sullivan (concussion) were injured against the Bears and didn't practice Wednesday.
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Injuries kept Vikings' cornerback Antoine Winfield, center John Sullivan, and punter Chris Kluwe out of practice Wednesday. Their status for Sunday's game against Arizona is unknown. Safeties Husain Abdullah and Jamarca Sanford along with linebacker E.J. Henderson and tackle Charlie Johnson were all limited in practice.
McNabb says he 'absolutely' expects to start Sunday
Donovan McNabb tells reporters Christian Ponder deserved to see some action Sunday night in the Vikings' blowout loss to the Bears. But when Sunday rolls around against the Packers, he expects to be the starter.
Winfield returns to practice
Antoine Winfield returned to the Vikings practice field for the first time since suffering a neck injury October 2 against the Chiefs. He was limited during Wednesday's practice and will continue to be evaluated the rest of the week. The hope is to have him play against the high powered Packers.
Harvin & Winfield miss practice
Percy Harvin missed practice Thursday because of a rib injury. Head coach Leslie Frazier says Harvin is dealing with sore ribs but expects him to play Sunday in Chicago. Antoine Winfield's stiff neck kept him out of practice too. His status for Sunday is in doubt.
Winning start No. 1 won't be easy for Ponder
Christian Ponder will have the home crowd behind him Sunday when he makes his first career start against the undefeated Packers, but that probably won't be enough to disrupt Aaron Rodgers and company. Ponder will have to make his receivers look better than they've been, and do so running for his life.
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