Aug 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) catches a ball prior to the game with the San Diego Chargers at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Training Camp: Minnesota Preparing For Final Preseason Game

The Minnesota Vikings are almost ready for the regular season, having just one preseason game left before the games start to matter.

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Vikings Depth Chart: Joe Webb Expected To Stay In Front Of Sage Rosenfels

The Minnesota Vikings will obviously have Christian Ponder at the top of their quarterback depth chart for the foreseeable future, but there has been a bit of speculation that the backup spot could be up for grabs. That apparently isn't the case, however -- at least for the final preseason game of the year.

Despite Sage Rosenfels looking pretty solid thus far -- leading the team to its only touchdown last week -- it seems as though Joe Webb is still ahead of him on the depth chart. The Pioneer Press got offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's thoughts on the matter Monday afternoon.

"Joe did a good job the other night," Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Monday at Winter Park. "He's going to have another chance to gain some valuable experience on Thursday night and continue to grow into that role."

It'll be interesting to see if Rosenfels is able to continue to have success this weekend -- especially since he and Webb will likely split quarterback duties evenly as Ponder is expected to sit.

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Vikings Depth Chart: Jarius Wright, Marcus Sherels Battling For Punt Return Duties

Entering the final week of the preseason, the Minnesota Vikings punt return job belongs to Marcus Sherels not Jarius Wright, special teams coordinator Mike Prifer announced Monday after the Vikings' practice.

The difference between the two, says Prifer, is Wright has gone down too easily during some returns, and cited the 18-yard punt return from Wright during the Vikings' 12-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Friday as an example.

"I don't think he ran with enough conviction there," Priefer said. "When he saw it on tape I think he believed what I was telling him. I said, 'You got to run hard.' ... He's not a real big guy, but he's strong enough to break through those arm tackles."

Prifer did admit the job will punt return job will not be given to either Sherels or Wright until the Vikings' last preseason game, Thursday, at the Houston Texans.

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Jasper Brinkley Playing Well After Missing Last Season

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley had a breakout game against the Sand Diego Chargers Friday night, totaling four tackles and two sacks in Minnesota's 12-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

After missing the entire 2011-12 season due to hip surgery, Brinkley is gaining confidence in his hip after his breakout game Friday. Speaking with Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brinkley said being able to get on the gridiron was big for him,

"It was just getting back in the game and getting on the field. I've been away from the game for a year, so it's good to go out and have a good game like tonight."

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was also complimentary of Brinkley's performance.

"He seemed like he played a lot better. He was more aggressive. It seemed he was out there having fun, let it go a little bit. Just encouraging, his play. ... He made a lot of plays tonight. That should help his confidence."

With Brinkely back to 100%, it will be a big plus to the Vikings defense as they prepare for their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9.

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Josh Robinson Injury: Vikings Rookie Suffered Concussion

The Minnesota Viknigs had a rash of injuries in the secondary during their 12-10 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers. One of those injured was rookie cornerback Josh Robinson, who was diagnosed with a concussion after a collision with Chargers running back Jacob Hester in the second quarter.

Robinson was having a good camp after being drafted in the third round out of UCF, and was having another good performance before the injury happened. Robinson had two tackles on the night beforehand. Robinson was listed third on the Vikings depth chart at right cornerback and looked to be a potential piece in head coach Leslie Frazier's secondary in the next couple of years.

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John Carlson Injury: Vikings Tight End Missing Valuable Reps

John Carlson is taking longer than expected to heal from a sprained MCL suffered early in training camp. The Minnesota Vikings tight end is expected to be healthy enough to play when the regular season begins, but the free agent pickup realizes he's missing valuable reps while sitting on the sidelines.

Carlson said on Thursday that he has a good feel for the Vikings offense just from watching things happen from the sidelines, but realizes that on-field reps are crucial in his preparation.

"Footwork, pad level, hand placement in the run game and keeping the feet driving once you meet contact -- those things, you need reps to get that back," Carlson said. "In the pass game, pass releases, again footwork, running routes, getting proper depths, getting on the same page as the quarterback."

"These are things I've been mentally taking reps at, and I do think that that helps to visualize and go through things in your head. I know that helps. Again, it's not taking the physical reps on the field and not an ideal situation. But this is the situation that I'm in, and I have to make the most of it."

The Vikings have an advantage considering Carlson is expected to complement Kyle Rudolph as a two-headed tight end combination, but the sooner he's ready to go 100 percent, the better.

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Letroy Guion Will Likely Sit Remainder Of Vikings Preseason Games

Letroy Guion has missed the majority of training camp for the Minnesota Vikings after being re-signed as a starter this offseason. It sounds like he'll be on the sidelines for the rest of training camp, too, after re-injuring his knee earlier in the week.

Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that Guion is likely to miss the remainder of training camp after the defensive tackle re-aggravated his PCL injury earlier this week. It's obviously a setback under any circumstances, but Frazier explained to the Star Tribune why this hurts Guion more than usual.

"It's just unfortunate that he is missing all these reps," coach Leslie Frazier said. "We really needed him to get those reps at that position. It's somewhat of a new position for him, so it's tough. But that's the way it is right now."

It's never good to miss time while trying to learn a new position, but everything should be OK as long as Guion is 100 percent healthy for the start of the regular season.

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Adrian Peterson Injury: Sitting Out Preseason 'Right Thing To Do,' According To Coach

News broke on the Adrian Peterson injury front early in the week when it was reported that the Minnesota Vikings planned for the All-Pro running back to sit out the entire preseason. The Vikings decided to make it official on Tuesday, though, saying it was the right thing to do.

There had been some speculation that Peterson wasn't on board with sitting on the sidelines after returning to practice last week -- ahead of schedule, no less -- but the Star Tribune's quotes from Leslie Frazier following practice on Tuesday seems to show that Peterson is (kind of) okay with the rest.

"Hopefully there won't be any setbacks. There haven't been to this point. He's continued to progress. And everything has gone better than can be expected up to this point. But this is a decision we made. We talked with him about it. And for the first time in our conversations, he kind of seemed like he understood. He even used the word ‘patience.' And I was like, ‘Wow. Finally. It's clicking.' He's on board, everybody's on board. This is the right thing to do."

Interesting quote from Frazier, to be sure, but it's probably good that Peterson's decided he's okay with resting on gamedays for the next couple of weeks until the games actually start to matter.

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Vikings Injury News: Kyle Rudolph Back At Practice, Chris Cook Still Out With Concussion

The Minnesota Vikings were unable to escape their second game of the preseason unscathed as both Kyle Rudolph and Chris Cook suffered what looked to be concussions at the time. Monday's practice offered some good news and some bad news on that front.

Rudolph was able to participate in Monday's practice after passing all of the typical concussion tests, though his status for this week's preseason game is still in doubt as the training staff wants to make sure he's 100 percent.

The news on Cook was worse, however, as he was held out of Monday's practice after failing the concussion tests on Monday. The team expects him to undergo the same tests Tuesday in hopes of him returning sooner rather than later.

"(We'll) just have to wait and see," Frazier said. "You'd like for him to be out here practicing and working and improving, but until he gets cleared you just have to wait and see."

In other injury news, Letroy Guion was able to return to practice -- albeit with a brace -- and John Carlson will likely be held out of this week's game. 1500 ESPN has an update on some of the other guys, too:

Safety Robert Blanton (hamstring) is improving, as is running back Jordan Todman (ankle). Defensive end Everson Griffen sat out Monday because of a stomach virus but is expected back Tuesday. Wide receiver Kamar Jorden (hand), linebacker Solomon Elimimian (hamstring) and guard Geoff Schwartz (sports hernia surgery) remain out.

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John Carlson Injury: Vikings New Tight End Still Not Cleared To Practice

John Carlson sprained his knee in late July and, after the MRI revealed that he was able to avoid torn ligaments, the timetable was set for him to return to the Minnesota Vikings active roster in two to four weeks. The "two" portion was overly optimistic, however, as it now seems like four weeks might have been the best bet.

The Vikings had hoped to have their new tight end integrated into the offense sooner rather than later, but the Pioneer Press reports that likely won't be the case.

Tight end John Carlson (knee) did not practice Monday, Aug. 20, and is not expected to play in the Vikings' preseason game Friday, Aug. 24, against the Chargers.

Hopefully he's able to play the final preseason game, but it's obviously best not to rush Carlson back too fast from a knee injury.

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Adrian Peterson Returns To Practice, Defies The Odds Again

Less than eight months after tearing his ACL, his MCL, and his meniscus, Adrian Peterson is ready to resume full contact practices at Minnesota Vikings training camp. If you think that's crazy, then you don't know Adrian Peterson.

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Harrison Smith Could Start Minnesota Vikings Next Preseason Game

The Minnesota Vikings have had some issues in the past when it comes to the defensive secondary, but they're looking at shoring that up for the upcoming season. Things might even change as soon as this week, too, as Harrison Smith might be inserted into the starting lineup.

The Vikings traded up into the first round for Smith, a former standout for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but he was limited early in training camp. It sounds as though the team is ready to take off his training wheels, though, as head coach Leslie Frazier said on Sunday that he could start this weekend's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

"We want to see how he performs in that (starter's) role," Frazier said. "He did some good things when he was in there on Friday night."

If Smith is inserted into the starting lineup on Friday night, he'll have made a pretty quick jump considering he began camp behind Jamarca Sanford -- last year's starter -- and Mistral Raymond.

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