LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Ryan Kerrigan #91 of the Washington Redskins after catching a pass during the second quarter at FedExField on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Vikings Vs. Redskins: Injury-Riddled Minnesota Comes Away With 33-26 Win

Despite losing Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson to injury, the Minnesota Vikings topped the Washington Redskins, 33-26, dropping Washington to 5-10 on the season.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins: Joe Webb Becomes Latest Mobile QB To Confound Washington's Defense

Backup Vikings quarterback Joe Webb became the latest mobile quarterback to have a field day against the Redskins' defense.

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Santana Moss Fantasy Update: Quiet Day For Redskins WR Despite Multiple Targets

The Washington Redskins were unable to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16, despite Minnesota boasting a porous pass defense that ranked 30th in the NFL entering the game. Fantasy owners who started Rex Grossman and Jabar Gaffney were still rewarded despite the loss, but unfortunately veteran Santana Moss had a quiet afternoon against a Vikings defense that had surrendered 31 touchdown passes entering the Week 16 matchup.

Despite being targeted ten times by Grossman, Moss caught only four passes for 46 yards and no touchdowns. His inability to get in the end zone stopped a modest two-game touchdown streak, as Moss had a receiving touchdown in both Week 14 against the New England Patriots and Week 15 against the New York Giants.

For the season, the Washington wide receiver has caught 43 balls for 539 yards and four touchdowns.

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Jabar Gaffney Fantasy Update: Redskins Wideout Sets Career High In Receiving Yards

The Washington Redskins expected to defeat the two-win Minnesota Vikings Saturday, mainly by taking advantage of a Minnesota defense that ranked 30th against the pass. The Redskins were able to exploit the Vikings secondary, but unfortunately Washington fell 33-26 to Minnesota.

Despite the loss, Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney had another solid day, catching six passes for 77 yards, including a spectacular one-handed touchdown grab. Gaffney set a career high in receiving yardage with the 77 yard output, and tied his career high in touchdown receptions.

For the season, the Washington wide receiver has now caught 64 balls for 919 yards and five touchdowns. His previous career yardage high was 875 yards, achieved with Denver a year ago.

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Rex Grossman Fantasy Update: Washington QB Has Solid Day in 33-26 Loss To Minnesota

After a pedestrian performance against the New York Giants in Week 15, Rex Grossman was expected to have a bounceback game against the Minnesota Vikings and their 30th-ranked pass defense in Week 16. Grossman was indeed able to deliver fantasy points, but unfortunately his Redskins fell 33-26 to the Vikings, giving Minneosta just their third win of the year and dropping the Redskins to 5-10 on the season.

Grossman was 26 of 41 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Minnesota. He also lost a fumble. For the season, the Washington quarterback has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,895 yards, 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He has 24 total turnovers on the year.

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Redskins Vs. Vikings: Post Game Quotes After Washington's 33-26 Loss

LANDOVER - After a sloppy 33-26 loss to the two-win Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young wasn't even sure if he was willing to speak to the media. In a game that more closely contested than perhaps it should have been, it was his holding penalty on what looked to be the game-tying 59-yard touchdown run by Brandon Banks that he believes is the reason Washington is now 5-10 on the season.

"It's a bad play," he said of the call, "and I cost the team the game. I just got to overcome it."

It was another mistake prone, turnover-laced affair for the home team, one that dropped the Redskins record at FedEx Field to 2-6 for the season.

There were, however, a few bright spots.

For one, rookie sixth round draft pick Evan Royster rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries, nearly a seven-yard average. His game marked the first time two Redskins rookie running backs have rushed for 100 or more yards in a single season.

"I was pretty happy with how I played," he said afterward.

Royster was given the nod over fellow rookie Roy Helu because of injury. "I was excited to finally get my first start and actually get to carry a little bit of a load."

The Redskins offense continued the momentum they've built over the last few weeks, posting a 20-plus point day for the fourth time in the last five weeks. The other offensive star was receiver Jabar Gaffney, who finished the game with 77 receiving yards on six catches, including a one handed grab for a touchdown in the third quarter.

"It was a hell of a catch," Rex Grossman said.

Gaffney has become the team's leading receiver and tied a career high with five touchdown catches for the season. "I tried to put it in a spot where only he could get it, and he was able to do it."

Despite the point total, they were unable to outscore the Vikings, who had to put in their backup running back in Toby Gerhart and quarterback Joe Webb due to injuries sustained to the starters. Instead of thriving in that situation, the Redskins floundered, allowing touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second half.

"You can't look at it like that [taking advantage of backups]," Barry Cofield said. "We've had backups playing all year and we expect those guys to produce."

"Realistically, the dynamic of the game changes when you bring in Webb, [with] the things he can do with running the option and all those things. Obviously that changes things. In reality, it's still nuts and bolts tackling, and fitting in gaps."

Other members of the defense agreed.

"I want to applaud our offense," said Brian Orakpo. "They did a good job keeping us in the game. But defensively it's unacceptable [to allow them] to run the ball on us like that."

The Redskis defense, which was stingy in last week's 23-10 victory over the New York Giants, yielded 241 rushing yards, 109 of them to Gerhart, Adrian Peterson's backup.

"The big runs hurt," Cofield said. "They ruin your season statistically. They ruin the game. They're just a big let down. We felt like we were prepared."

Inconsistency is something the Redskins have had a tough time mastering in 2011. One week they look like they are on the uptick, and the next they go back to being a floundering team. It's a sure sign of a group still learning how to win.

"Guys are fighting hard," Orakpo said. "We don't have any issues. Guys play for each other. We got a great coaching staff. We got an owner that's doing everything possible to win. We just gotta be optimistic."

"Obviously, 5-10 is a terrible season to have. But I'm a very optimistic guy and I just want to keep building and get this organization on top eventually."

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Final Score: Washington Falls To 5-10 With 33-26 Loss

The Washington Redskins still have not won consecutive games since September. Despite injuries to Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings were able to come away with their third win of the season, topping the Redskins, 33-26, in Landover. Backup quarterback Joe Webb and backup running back Toby Gerhart spurred the Vikings to victory.

Washington still had a chance to win at the end. The Redskins kicked a field goal to cut Minnesota's lead to 33-26 with 1:25 remaining, and with three timeouts, the Redskins made the surprising decision to kick the ball back to Minnesota. It worked, as the Vikings went three and out, giving the Redskins the ball back with 1:08 remaining. But a costly illegal motion penalty after a Donte Stallworth catch ran 10 seconds off the clock, and Rex Grossman's last-ditch Hail Mary pass was batted down.

The play that ended up costing the Redskins the most was when Grossman threw yet another interception, this one to free safety Mistral Raymond with 7:42 left in the game. The Vikings tacked on a field goal with 4:10 remaining to take a 33-23 lead.

Webb threw for two touchdown passes, while Gerhart ran for 109 yards in the Vikings' win. Evan Royster was impressive for the Redskins, rushing for 133 yards on 19 carries in the absence of Roy Helu due to injury.

The Vikings are now 3-12 on the year, while the Redskins fall to 5-10.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: Percy Harvin Touchdown Gives Vikings 30-23 Lead

The Minnesota Vikings' offensive surge behind Joe Webb continues. Webb led the Vikings on their third straight scoring drive, this time finding wide receiver Percy Harvin for an eight-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 30-23 lead with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter.

Webb found Harvin for the score, and he also found Harvin for the biggest play on the drive. On third down, Harvin beat the Redskins' cornerback and caught a 36-yard pass to get the ball into Redskins' territory. Webb then found Devin Aromashodu to get the ball inside the 10-yard line. On the touchdown pass, Webb rolled to his right, and the Redskins' defenders were so concerned with Webb's ability to run that they let Harvin get open for the score.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: Kyle Rudolph Touchdown Gives Vikings 23-20 Lead

For the second straight drive, the Minnesota Vikings moved the ball easily against the Washington Redskins' defense. Minnesota easily moved the ball up the field, eventually cashing in when Joe Webb found tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 17-yard touchdown on a corner route. Ryan Longwell missed the extra point, so Minnesota only leads, 23-20, with 2:41 left in the third quarter.

The two plays before the touchdown were big ones as well. First, Toby Gerhart broke several tackles and ran to midfield on third and inches. On the next play, Percy Harvin took a reverse and raced up the sidelines with blockers in front, finally being pushed out of bounds at the Redskins' 17-yard line. Webb found Rudolph for the touchdown on the very next play.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: Jabar Gaffney Touchdown Gives Redskins 20-17 Lead

The Washington Redskins quickly responded to the Minnesota Vikings' scoring drive, marching right down the field and finishing their drive with a one-handed Jabar Gaffney touchdown. The four-yard score gives Washington a 20-17 lead with 5:57 left in the third quarter.

The Redskins' drive began with a long kickoff return from Brandon Banks, and from there, it was all Gaffney. He caught a pivotal first-down pass to get the ball inside the red zone, then caught a second pass to set up first and goal. On the touchdown, he ran a slant pattern and was cut off, but Rex Grossman bought time and lofted a beautiful pass over the Vikings' cornerback's outstretched arm to Gaffney, which he brought in with one hand for the score.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: Joe Webb Touchdown Gives Vikings 17-13 Lead

The Minnesota Vikings apparently don't need Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson that badly. On the Vikings' first drive since both were knocked out of the game due to injury, their replacements combined to create a scoring drive. Toby Gerhart ripped off a 67-yard run to get the ball inside the Redskins' 10-yard line, and Joe Webb ran it in on an option play two plays later to give Minnesota a 17-13 lead.

Gerhart broke the ball outside on his run and outran the Redskins' linebackers, only being caught when cornerback Josh Wilson punched the ball out of bounds.


Two plays later, Webb looked like he'd pitch it outside, but instead kept it inside and ran between the tackles for the score.

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Christian Ponder Injury: Minnesota Vikings' QB Leaves Game With Concussion

The Minnesota Vikings' first drive of the second half against the Washington Redskins proved to be very costly. First, running back Adrian Peterson suffered a gruesome knee injury. On the very next play, quarterback Christian Ponder took a shot from London Fletcher and left the game. The Vikings say Ponder suffered a concussion and will not return to action.

Ponder suffered a concussion on a play where the pocket collapsed and he was forced to take a sack. Barry Cofield had Ponder wrapped up, but Fletcher came in at the end of the play to make sure. That play proved to be the one that caused the concussion. Ponder did stay in for one more play, but has been replaced by Joe Webb.

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Adrian Peterson Injury: Minnesota Vikings' RB Suffers Serious Knee Injury Vs. Redskins

Minnestoa Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has left the game against the Washington Redskins with a serious knee injury. Peterson was trying to make a run, and his left knee bent in a way a body part should not bent as he was being tackled by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

Peterson stayed on the ground for several minutes before eventually limping off without putting any weight on his left leg. Several Redskins players offered him words of support as he left the field, a sure sign that Peterson's injury is serious. Peterson had missed time this year with an ankle injury, but this is something separate.

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Toby Gerhart will replace Peterson at running back for the Vikings for the time being.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: All Tied Up 10-10 At Halftime

The Washington Redskins got off to a slow start against the Minnesota Vikings, trailing 10-0 early on. A Rex Grossman touchdown pass to Donte Stallworth cut the lead to 10-7 and began a sort of rally by the Redskins to tie up the football game. The Skins defense was able to buckle down after giving up 10 early points and force some punts by the Vikings in the second quarter. Despite a rushing touchdown, Adrian Peterson has been limited to under 40 rushing yards in the half.

Late in the second quarter the Redskins were able to get back on the scoreboard again thanks to a field goal by Graham Gano to tie the game 10-10. Quarterback Rex Grossman has 118 passing yards and a touchdown and has looked much better after an early fumble.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Score Update: Donte Stallworth TD Cuts Vikings Lead

The Minnesota Vikings took an early 10-0 lead on the Washington Redskins after an Adrian Peterson touchdown run, and it looked like it might get out of hand for the Redskins early on. The Redskins took the opening kickoff at the 40-yard line, thanks to a kickoff out of bounds by the Vikings and then quarterback Rex Grossman went to work.

Grossman connected on the first pass to Jabar Gaffney for 11-yards to immediately move the chains. After a nice run by rookie Evan Royster, who's filling in for the injury Roy Helu, the Redskins picked up a penalty putting the skins in second and long. Grossman was able to connect with fullback Darrel Young for 16-yards and pick up the first down. A few plays later, Grossman was able to connect with Donte Stallworth for the 5-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10-7.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins Injury Report And Inactive List: Washington RB Roy Helu Inactive Against Minnesota

The Week 16 list of inactives has been released for the Redskins and Vikings matchup, and by far the biggest name on the list is rookie running back Roy Helu. Helu was limited in practice this week with a sore toe and ankle, but it had been expected that he would still play Sunday. Fellow rookie Evan Royster will likely get the start in Helu's place.

The full list of Redskins inactives, from the team's official twitter feed:

#Redskins inactives for #Vikings game: RB Helu, LB White, OL Cook, TE Myers, WR Anderson, DE Worthington, DE Balmer
Dec 24 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

An already porous Minnesota secondary will be without two cornerbacks today. Vikings inactives, from the team's official twitter feed:

Inactives: CB Asher Allen, CB Chris Cook, LB Xavier Adibi, OL DeMarcus Love, OL Steve Hutchinson, TE Allen Reisner & DE D'Aundre Reed.
Dec 24 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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Roy Helu Status Update: Redskins RB Is Inactive Vs. Vikings

The Washington Redskins will take on the Minnesota Vikings today without a key player on their offense. Running back Roy Helu will be inactive today with Evan Royster starting in his place.

The rookie running back from Penn State will get his first NFL start. On the season, Royster has just 17 carries for 83 yards in four games. Helu had been dealing with an ankle injury that was obviously bothering him when the coaches watched the tape from last weeks win over the New York Giants. Expect Ryan Torian to see his first touches since the end of November.

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Jabar Gaffney Fantasy Projection: Expect Big Day From Rex Grossman's New Favorite Target

The Minnesota Vikings come to FedEx Field Sunday, sporting the 30th-ranked pass defense in the league. Rex Grossmand and his wide receiving corps should be licking their chops. The Vikings have allowed 271.9 yards passing per game and a whopping 31 touchdowns through the air.

This bodes very well for Jabar Gaffney, Grossman's new favorite passing option in the absence of tight end Fred Davis. In the past two weeks, Gaffney has been targeted 17 times, catching 12 balls for 177 yards and a score. For the season, Gaffney is averaging 60.1 yards receiving per game.

The fantasy football projection site numberFire ranks Gaffney as the 22nd best option at wide receiver this weekend. The Washington WR's projected stats: 4.36 rec for 63.19 yds, 0.28 TDs for 8.11 points.

For the season, Gaffney has caught 58 passes for 842 yards and four touchdowns.

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Santana Moss Fantasy Projection: Veteran Wideout Looking For TD In Third Straight Week

The Washington Redskins' passing game should have a strong day against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and that means good things for veteran wideout Santana Moss. Minnesota's pass defense is ranked 30th in the league, and the Vikings have allowed 31 touchdown passes and 271.9 yards passing per game.

Moss has doubled his touchdown total for the season in the past two weeks, scoring against the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Moss had five catches total and 121 yards to go along with his two scoring grabs in those contests.

The fantasy football projection site numberFire ranks Moss as the 18th best option at wide receiver this weekend. The Washington WR's projected stats: 3.62 rec for 63.72 yds, 0.41 TDs for 8.69 points.

For the season, Moss has caught 39 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns.

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Roy Helu Fantasy Projection: If Washington RB Plays, Expect Solid Numbers Against Vikings Defense

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu has been limited this week in practice because of a sore toe and ankle, but he is still expected to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. And if Helu plays, he will score fantasy points against a weak Vikings defense.

Though Evan Royster will likely take some touches away from Helu, the Redskins rookie from Nebraska will still have plenty of opportunities to amass points. Helu leads the NFL in carries over the past four weeks, running the ball 96 times, and he also has tallied 16 receptions in that span. Helu has 505 yards from scrimmage since Week 12, good for sixth-best in the league.

The fantasy football projection site numberFire ranks Helu as the 16th best option at running back this weekend. The Washington RB's projected stats: 17.40 car, 56.81 yds, 3.29 rec for 28.89 yds, 0.61 TDs for 12.21 points.

For the season, Helu has rushed 147 times for 635 yards and two touchdowns. He has also caught 47 passes out of the backfield for 331 yards.

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Rex Grossman Fantasy Projection: Washington QB Faces Weak Minnesota Secondary

Rex Grossman and the Washington Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon, and the woeful Vikings secondary could mean the Washington quarterback is in for a huge day.

Minnesota's pass defense is ranked 30th in the league, and the Vikings have allowed 31 touchdown passes while grabbing just six interceptions (none of those picks have come in the last nine games). Minnesota allows 271.9 yards passing per game.

With running back Roy Helu banged up, look for Grossman to throw a lot on Sunday, and even if he tosses his customary two picks, the net outcome should be huge positive fantasy points courtesy of the Vikings secondary.

The fantasy football projection site numberFire ranks Grossman as the 11th best option at quarterback this weekend. The Washington QB's projected stats: 20.30/32.67, 241.09 yds, 1.72 TDs, 1.06 INTs for 15.42 points.

For the season, Grossman has completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 2,611 yards, 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins: Game Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The 5-9 Washington Redskins look to build upon last week's win win over the division rival NY Giants on Sunday, when they host the struggling 2-12 Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. The Vikings fell 42-20 to New Orleans last week, their sixth straight defeat.

Rex Grossman and the passing game could have a big day, as the Minnesota secondary allows 271.9 yards through the air per contest and has zero interceptions in the last nine games.

The Vikings will attempt to rely on a not-fully-healthy-yet Adrian Peterson to take down Washington. Peterson had 60 yards on 10 carries against the Saints, and is just 68 yards shy of his sixth straight 1,000 yard season. The Vikings running back had missed the three previous weeks with an ankle sprain.

Here is everything you need to know about the Vikings vs. Redskins game:

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

TV: FOX (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan)

Distribution Map: The506.com

Radio: Redskins: 980 AM

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Minnesota Vikings Injury Report, Week 16: Concussions Sideline Steve Hutchinson, Asher Allen

Concussions will sideline two Minnesota Vikings players for Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins, the team announced in its Friday injury report. Cornerback Asher Allen and seven-time Pro Bowler guard Steve Hutchinson will not play Saturday. Neither will cornerback Chris Cook, whom the team has dismissed on paid leave due to an ongoing legal matter.

However, four players who had only practiced on a limited basis all week returned Friday to practice in full, and are thus listed as probable. Those four are guard Anthony Herrera, safety Jarrad Page, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, and linebacker Erin Henderson. Henderson ranks No. 5 on the team with 61 tackles (40 solo), so this news is certainly good for Minnesota.

Kickoff for Saturday's Redskins/Vikings matchup is set for 1 PM on FOX.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report, Week 16: Roy Helu, Jammal Brown Questionable

The Washington Redskins did not hold a regular practice Friday in advance of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, but instead held a walkthrough. After the walkthrough, the team elected to list starting running back Roy Helu (toe/knee) and offensive tackle Jammal Brown (groin) as questionable for the Vikings game. Washington estimates Helu and Brown would have been limited had the team held a conventional practice.

The Redskins list their other wounded players as probable for Saturday, including linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and fullback Mike Sellers (elbow). Fletcher and Sellers had only practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday. Washington also lists defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), punter Sav Rocca (ankle), and cornerback Josh Wilson (head/chest) as probable.

Kickoff for Saturday's Redskins/Vikings matchup is set for 1 PM on FOX.

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Week 16 NFL Lines And Odds: Vikings Vs. Redskins

The Washington Redskins will host the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, and with a loss the Vikes may just be in the driver's seat for the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft and a shot at Andrew Luck. For some perspective on this matchup, we turn to our partners at Odds Shark.

The road team has won 6 of the last 8 meetings between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins but the host Skins seem better equipped to win here in Week 16.Washington upset the Giants last week and appear primed to finish strong in 2011, while the Vikes seem ready to mail in the season sitting at 2-12.That sentiment is reflected in the Week 16 point spread where the Vikings are 7-point road underdogs. Minny has also won just 3 of its past 19 road games.The Vikings have also won just twice in their past 19 games as an underdog.

And here are the complete odds via the SB Nation odds page powered by Odds Shark.

12/24/2011 Minnesota 43½o-105 44o-110 44o-110 44o-110
1:00 PM Washington -6-103 -7+105 -6½-110 -6½-110

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Vikings Injury Report, Week 16: Steve Hutchinson, Asher Allen Remain Out With Concussions

Little changed for the Minnesota Vikings on the injury front between Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare to take on the Washington Redskins on Saturday in NFL Week 16 action.

Cornerback Asher Allen and guard Steve Hutchinson remained out of practice with concussions. Allen also is also recovering from an injury to his shoulder.

Guard Anthony Herrera (knee), safety Jarrad Page (hamstring), defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee), and linebacker Erin Henderson (illness) were limited in practice for the second day in a row.

It'll be interesting to see how these players respond to the shorter injury time this week, as the contest will be held on Saturday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. as opposed to the normal Sunday routine.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report, Week 16: Roy Helu, Jammal Brown, London Fletcher Limited In Thursday Practice

The Washington Redskins released their Thursday injury report in advance of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), punter Sav Rocca (left ankle), and cornerback Josh Wilson (head/chest) each practiced in full. Meanwhile, the team limited offensive tackle Jammal Brown (groin), linebacker London Fletcher (ankle), running back Roy Helu (toe/knee), and fullback Mike Sellers (elbow).

Helu, the team's starting running back, struggled due to those injuries in Washington's last game, a 23-10 upset of the New York Giants. The rookie from Nebraska gained only 53 yards on his 23 carries for a 2.3 yards-per-carry average, his worst figure since replacing the injured Tim Hightower in the lineup.

The news about Wilson is more promising, as he suffered from concussion-like symptoms during the Giants game and had to leave it. But he practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, which means it seems likely he'll get the go-ahead to take the field Saturday against Minnesota.

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Roy Helu Injury Update: Redskins RB Limited In Practice

The Washington Redskins hit the practice field today to prepare for their match up with the Minnesota Vikings, but running back Roy Helu was limited. Helu is dealing with a toe/knee injury that he suffered in last weeks win against the New York Giants. "You could see it early in the game and I could see it with him coming to the sidelines. I knew he was hurt and talking throughout the game," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told the media after practice.

:We only had two guys up, so we definitely still needed him to go. But when you get on the tape, how much more it affects him when you get that end zone copy. There were times out there in the game where, in the last month, he's gone six yards. In this game, you could tell I was thinking he was going to get it and it wasn't quite as much," Shanahan added. If Helu is unable to give it a go against the Vikings, rookie running back Evan Royster will get the bulk of the load running the football.

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Minnesota Vikings Injury Report, Week 16: Asher Allen, Steve Hutchinson Miss With Concussions

The Minnesota Vikings hit the practice field today in preparation for the Washington Redskins. Not only are the Vikings reeling on win column, but also on the practice field on the injury front. The Vikings were without cornerback Asher Allen and guard Steve Hutchinson at practice today, both dealing with concussions. The Vikings have lost six games in a row, dealing with injuries all over the place.

The Vikings also saw four other players limited in practice, including another member of the offensive line.

OG Anthony Herrera (knee), S Jarrad Page (hamstring), DT Kevin Williams (knee), LB Erin Henderson

The Vikings just got back running back Adrian Peterson recently, but if both Herrera and Hutchinson are not available on Sunday, it could be tough for the Vikings to move the ball.

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Washington Injury Report, Week 16: London Fletcher Limited In Practice Again

The Washington Redskins hit the practice field today to get ready for their match up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins are coming off a win over the New York Giants and are getting relatively healthy. There were no players who missed practice for the Redskins today, but linebacker London Fletcher was limited once again with an ankle injury. Three other Redskins players were limited in practice.

OT Jammal Brown (groin), FB Mike Sellers (elbow), RB Roy Helu (toe/knee)

There were three other players who were also listed on the injury report, but they were all full participants today.

P Sav Rocca (ankle), DE Stephen Bowen (knee), CB Josh Wilson (head/chest)

As of now, all three are expected to be available this weekend for the game against the Vikings.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins: Mike Shanahan Discusses Vikings' QB Christian Ponder

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan had words of praise for Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on Tuesday ahead of Washington's clash with Minnesota on Saturday according to ESPN Radio 980 in Washington

"I like Christian," Shanahan said. We had him in here for a visit. [He’s] just a class guy that played extremely well at Florida State. [He has] good speed and he’s getting used to the system. Like most quarterbacks, [he’s] adjusting to life in the NFL."

Ponder has thrown for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns against 12 interceptions for the Vikings this season, good for a 72.3 quarterback rating. He's also racked up 199 rushing yards on 24 attempts, good for an 8.3 yards per carry average.

Ponder was drafted No. 12 overall by the Vikings this past spring after playing his college career at Florida State. During his senior season in 2010, Ponder threw for 2,044 yards and 20 touchdowns against eight interceptions in leading the Seminoles to a 10-4 record, including a win in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. That performance caught Shanahan's eye. 

"I liked him. I liked his release," Shanahan said. "I liked the way he handled himself, the way he played the game. I thought he had a good release. I thought he had adequate arm strength where he could make the throws and a good sense of timing."

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Washington Redskins Injury Report, Week 16: Roy Helu, Jammal Brown Limited In Practice

The Washington Redskins had to limit three key players in Tuesday's practice as they gear up for Saturday's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, reports Mike Wise of the Washington Post. Coach Mike Shanahan elected to limit running back Roy Helu, right tackle Jammal Brown, and fullback Mike Sellers on Tuesday.

Helu is suffering from knee and toe injuries which limited his effectiveness in the Redskins' 23-10 victory against the New York Giants on Sunday. The rookie from Nebraska gained just 53 yards on 23 carries (2.3 yards per carry) and did not have a rush for more than eight yards in the game. Helu "went through drill work" on Tuesday, Wise says, but did not participate otherwise.

In addition, neither Brown nor Sellers practiced in full. Neither player participated in Sunday's game.

In better news, cornerback Josh Wilson, whom Shanahan described as "woozy" following a hit to the head he took against New York, passed his concussion test and practiced in full, Wise reports. Though he had to leave Washington's victory Sunday, Wilson nonetheless played a key role in the win, picking off an Eli Manning pass in the end zone for his second interception of the season, making four tackles, and breaking up three other passes.

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Vikings Vs. Redskins: Washington Hosts Struggling Minnesota

The Redskins (5-9) can make it three wins in their last five games with a victory against the hapless Vikings (2-12), who've lost six straight.

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