Vikings' Smith and Rudolph cleared from concussions

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Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier announced Tuesday two key starters have been medically cleared to practice after both receiving concussions on Sunday, the Star Tribune said.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph and free safety Harrison Smith each received concussions while playing against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago Nov. 25, the Pioneer Press said. Rudolph may not practice due to a shoulder strain he has been dealing with, Frazier said as reported in the Star Tribune. Both players are expected to play in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Pioneer Press said.
"To know that Kyle and Harrison have been cleared, that's a big deal because they are two keys to our football team," Frazier said, as reported in the Pioneer Press.
Receiver Percy Harvin sprained his ankle Nov. 4 and has not played a game since. He will be testing his ankle in practice today, the Star Tribune said. It is unclear whether he will be able to play in Sunday's game, the Pioneer Press said.
"Percy is going to try and see what he can do and then we'll get a better gauge [on his status for Sunday's game at Green Bay] post-practice," Frazier said as reported in the Star Tribune.
Harvin ran drills on Tuesday, but was not fully functioning, the Pioneer Press said.
"[T]he fact that Percy is going to attempt to do something today, that's encouraging. It's just a matter of how far he can go," Frazier said as reported in the Star Tribune.
Running back Adrian Peterson, dealing with a shoulder strain, will participate in practice, but plans on taking it easy, the Star Tribune said.
The Vikings', who are 6-5, embark on their toughest lineup of the year. Their game against the Packers could weaken or strengthen their playoff chances, the Pioneer Press said. The Vikings trail Green Bay by one game in the NFC North, but they are 1-5 on the road. The Vikings have lost nine of their last 12 games against the Packers, the Pioneer Press said.
Quarterback Christian Ponder has faith in the team.
"We're 6-5, sitting in a great position, going into one of the biggest games of the year. We're ready. I think it's a lot easier to focus this week than it has been any other week. We know how good an opponent this is and what this game means," Ponder said as reported in the Pioneer Press.

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