Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch 16 Nov 11

QB Christian Ponder had a rough outing, going 16 for 34 with an interception and a 52.3 passer rating. But it’s still a positive experience for the rookie to be starting against the Packers at Lambeau Field. Ponder had a bad game overall, but he continues to show promise. He moved well in the pocket, avoided linebacker Clay Matthews once on a nifty slide step and showed again that he has the speed to burn a defense. He also made an excellent 33-yard completion to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who was well covered down the left seam.

FS Husain Abdullah suffered a concussion in the game and will have to pass a third-party medical exam before being allowed to return. The Vikings are already weak at the position with Abdullah as the best of the bunch. With him out, it forces the Vikings to play Tyrell Johnson, the 2008 second-round draft pick who continues to be a disappointment.

DT Kevin Williams has had a down year. The kind of year that makes one wonder if the multiple All-Pro pick can be a factor in the future of this franchise. He’ll turn 32 before next season. He had two tackles and one QB hurry against the Packers.

CB Antoine Winfield returned from a four-game absence to play in the Monday night game at Green Bay only to suffer a broken clavicle that is likely to end his 2011 season. He was injured in the second half of the 45-7 loss at Lambeau Field, where the Packers shredded the Vikings’ secondary for four touchdown passes and quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of his 30 passes. Winfield, 34, is signed for two more seasons but is owed a total of $14.25 million in salary and major changes are expected in Minnesota during the offseason.

CB Antoine Winfield is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a broken clavicle suffered against Green Bay on Monday night.

DE Jared Allen extended his franchise record for consecutive games with a sack to 11. That’s three more than the previous record held by Jim Marshall and Carl Eller. Allen’s one sack give him 13.5 on the year.

RB Adrian Peterson said it wasn’t a fluke that he became heavily involved with the passing game in a 24-21 win at Carolina on Oct. 30. He said he’d continue to be a part of the passing game after posting a career-high 76 yards receiving against the Panthers. Well, it didn’t happen Monday night. Peterson had no catches and was targeted only once.