Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Vikings, faced with a short week of preparation for their Thursday night game, released an injury report on Monday despite not actually practicing.
The Minnesota Vikings issued an injury report on Monday and listed quarterback Christian Ponder among five players who participated in a practice that did not, in fact, happen at all. The NFL mandates that teams release injury reports three times a week, so the report the Vikings released is a best-guess approximation of what participation would have been like had they actually practiced.
The Vikings play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, which necessitates an odd and abbreviated week of game preparation. The players, who normally do film work on Mondays, had the day off to rest following their 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson (ankle), Jared Allen (groin), Antoine Winfield (knee), John Carlson (concussion), and Matt Kalil (lower back) were all listed as non-participants in Monday's "practice." The team will only practice on Tuesday this week, which compresses its game preparation from three days down to one.