Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on December 8, 2011, 3:08 PM EST
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain against the Raiders nearly three weeks ago.
That’s a great sign for Peterson’s status and for Minnesota’s chances of avoiding their fifth straight loss.
Then again, the Vikings may be forced to start their third quarterback of the year this week. Christian Ponder missed his second straight practice on Thursday with a hip pointer. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave admitted he didn’t know if Ponder would play and expressed concern about his status, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
“He didn’t look too good walking [Wednesday],” Musgrave said.
At this point, Joe Webb appears to have a good chance to start for the Vikings. It’s rare for a rookie quarterback like Ponder to miss two full practices early in the week and wind up playing.