Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch – Friday 09 Dec 11

RB Adrian Peterson took a step toward returning while quarterback Christian Ponder moved in the other direction on Thursday.

CB Asher Allen continues to practice on a limited basis, but the Vikings are just being cautious with his shoulder. Allen missed last week’s game because of the shoulder injury. This week, it’s possible he will shadow Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. No, Allen isn’t an elite corner. But he’s the best one they have right now.

WR Percy Harvin tore a ligament in his finger during Wednesday’s practice. He’ll wear a wrap on it but won’t miss any time because of it. He was limited in practice on Thursday, but he’s one of the toughest players on the team.

QB Christian Ponder still hasn’t practiced since suffering a hip pointer in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. The rookie quarterback is badly bruised and having trouble moving because of stiffness in the hip area.

QB Joe Webb, an athletic second-year pro, would get his third NFL start on Sunday at Detroit if Christian Ponder can’t play. He went 1-1 as a rookie, beating the Eagles in Philadelphia and losing the season finale at Detroit.

RG Anthony Herrera won the team’s Ed Block Courage Award. Herrera, who missed the final six games of last season with a torn ACL, came back from offseason knee and elbow surgery. He also returned last week after missing four games because of a damaged lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.

DE Brian Robison passed the league-mandated third-party concussion exam and returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday. The Vikings have a capable backup in Everson Griffen, but Robison, a former backup, has proven to be a solid starter.

LG Steve Hutchinson, who missed Wednesday’s practice because of an illness, returned on a limited basis on Thursday. He’s having a decent year, but doesn’t dominate the way he did earlier in his career.

LB Chad Greenway was limited in practice because of an elbow injury. The team’s leading tackler this season and each of the past three years is expected to start on Sunday.