MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Houston Texans in the first half on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Vikings close out the preseason in Houston, where they face the Texans Thursday night.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced early this week that starting quarterback Christian Ponder will not play, leaving signalcalling duties to backups Joe Webb and Sage Rosenfels. Star halfback Adrian Peterson, who has sat out the entire preseason as he rehabs from a knee injury sustained late last year, will also not participate, as will most of the team's regular starters. Of concern for the Vikings will be the defensive secondary, where the team has four injured players and numerous other questions as teams make final cuts late this week.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, August 30; 6:00 pm CT
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston
Minneapolis: NBC 11
Houston: ABC 13
TV Information: The506.com
Vikings: KTCN 1130 AM
Texans: KILT 610 AM, 100.3 FM