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Ponder plays, Peterson doesn't against the Lions

Quarterback Christian Ponder will take the field against Detroit with a sore hip. Adrian Peterson, though, will sit this one out.
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Quarterback Christian Ponder will take the field against Detroit with a sore hip. Adrian Peterson, though, will sit this one out.

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