Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/19/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier knows his team has avoided the major injuries that have occurred around the league, and he was thankful again Friday as it appears Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Jerome Simpson will all be ready Sunday when Minnesota hosts the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings have benefited from a relatively healthy roster all season as they've gotten off to a 4-2 start. Peterson, the team's leading rusher, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with an injured ankle but was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Arizona (4-2). Allen, the team's star defensive end, was limited Wednesday and missed Thursday's practice with a groin injury but was a full participant on Friday and is probable. Simpson, the downfield receiver the team has been waiting on through suspension and injury, practiced all week after being inactive last week due to a back injury that affects his leg. He is probable. "I tell you, every time I see these injury reports from around the league, I go, 'Wow, some key players on teams being lost for the season, not just weeks,'" Frazier said. "So, so far we've been very, very blessed in a lot of ways." Safety Mistral Raymond has returned to practice in a limited role this week for the first time since severely injuring his ankle during the Week 3 games against the San Francisco 49ers. Raymond was expected to miss at least a month, and Frazier said this week he could be ready to return in Week 9 with Minnesota having an extended break following next Thursday's game against Tampa Bay. Raymond is the only Vikings player out for Sunday. Backup linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf) and third-string running back Matt Asiata (knee) are questionable after being limited in Friday's practice. Cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee) and safety Robert Blanton (hamstring) are all probable. Peterson was given the two days off to rest his injured ankle, which he twisted early against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. He's played through the pain in the past two games but said he was more sore this week. "It was good to see Adrian back out there today," Frazier said. "He did everything and fully participated in everything we had going on in practice. So that was encouraging." Simpson's return should provide a boost. He was frustrated about being inactive last week, believing he was over the back and leg issues that limited him the week before. But he's been active during this week's practice, and Frazier said he should start. "Barring any unforeseen circumstance, he should be ready to go on Sunday," Frazier said. "Yep, he had a good week. He would get the start." Backup defensive end Everson Griffen is expected to return to town Saturday and play in Sunday's game. Griffen is in his home state of Arizona attending his mother's funeral. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker