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Vikings Training Camp: John Carlson Sprains MCL, Christian Ponder Struggles

Not even a week into training camp, the Minnesota Vikings have already had several scares. Monday was an eventful day as Adrian Peterson had to be rushed to the hospital for an allergic reaction to jumbalaya, and receiver Percy Harvin suffered a jammed finger. Both guys are fine, but talk about two players the team can’t live without…

Tuesday, the scares continued as newly acquired tight end John Carlson went down with a knee injury. Carlson hit the ground during a running play and reportedly got up very slowly and limped off the field. Tests revealed a sprained MCL, but no tears.

“You don’t have to have any surgery. It heals by itself,” Head coach Leslie Frazier said. “It’s a little bit more of a pain-tolerance thing and how he feels.”

In other news from Tuesday’s practice, second year quarterback Christian Ponder was showing his age. Ponder did not have a good day, specifically during 11 man situational work.

The front seven cranked up the pressure on Ponder, which forced him into several errant throws and mistakes. Jared Allen and Erin Henderson were both able to get to Ponder, while Harrison Smith and Tyrone McKenzie both recorded interceptions.

“That’s going to happen in training camp, and that’s good for our team,” Coach Frazier said. “We’re so early in camp. You don’t panic about those moments.”

While this has to be somewhat concerning for Vikings’ fans, it is only August 1st. As for Carlson, he’s expected to be out a little while, likely missing one or maybe two preseason games. However, he is expected to be ready for the regular season.

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