EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings got back to work on Monday after a long weekend following their Thursday night win over the Washington Redskins. And as coach Leslie Frazier expected, several injured players were much closer to returning after the layoff.
Safety Jamarca Sanford and cornerback Chris Cook, who each missed the Vikings' last two games with a groin and hip strain, respectively, participated in the team's walk-through on Monday. So did tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), offensive guard Charlie Johnson (elbow) and defensive tackle Letroy Guion (chest/shoulder). Quarterback Christian Ponder, who had a dislocated shoulder on Thursday night, did a little work during the walk-through, though the Vikings will get a better sense of his health in practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
"You don’t want to put him in harm’s way, if he can’t protect himself you wouldn’t want to put him out there, so we’ll have a better idea when we come back on Wednesday and start practicing," Frazier said. "He’s made progress, which is encouraging. Now we have to see how much progress he makes in the next couple days and moving on to Thursday and Friday as well."
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, who sustained a concussion last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, is still going through the NFL's concussion testing protocol, Frazier said. Defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) was still out of the team's walk-through. And tight end Kyle Rudolph, who fractured his left foot against Dallas, is off crutches and out of a walking boot, though he still expects to miss another 3-5 weeks.
"The biggest thing now is just still getting all the swelling out and letting the fracture heal," Rudolph said. "There is nothing we can do to speed it up.”