Minnesota Vikings player watch
n WR Greg Jennings tied a season high with six catches a week after being held to only one. But he had only 56 yards, a team high against a terrible Cowboys pass defense. Jennings was targeted nine times with one of the misses being an overthrow by QB Christian Ponder on a deep pass that would have helped run out the clock late in the game.
n SS Jamarca Sanford (groin) didn’t play on Sunday. He has battled injuries all season, missing two games and parts of others. Sanford is looking doubtful for Tuesday’s practice and probably will miss Thursday’s game. He was replaced by Mistral Raymond, the worst defensive back on the roster. Raymond continues to take bad angles and miss tackles, turning what should be short gains into long ones.
n CB Chris Cook (hip) missed Sunday’s game, continuing a never-ending trend of injuries that have contributed to him missing 28 games since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2010. Cook has played in only 28 games in those four seasons. He is expected to try and practice Tuesday so he can be ready to play on Thursday. Left cornerback Josh Robinson moved to Cook’s right side and rookie Xavier Rhodes started on the left side.
n QB Christian Ponder completed a season-high 67.6 percent of his passes (25 of 37) with a 31-yard touchdown to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Ponder also rushed for a touchdown, giving him four rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns in five games this season.
n RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) missed a second consecutive game. He has a shoulder injury, but also was absent from the team because his father was killed in a car accident a week ago.
n TE Rhett Ellison (ankle) has missed the past two games and three on the season. The Vikings are hoping to get him back because they’ll need help at the position with Rudolph out for about a month or longer.
n OT Phil Loadholt (concussion) left late in the first half of the Cowboys game and will not play Thursday against the Redskins. His replacement, J’Marcus Webb, is a huge step down. On his second snap of Sunday’s game, Webb whiffed on a block that resulted in a sack, strip, fumble and Cowboys touchdown in the Vikings’ end zone.
n CBs Marcus Sherels and Xavier Rhodes, and safety Andrew Sendejo were among the team’s top three tackles in part because the Cowboys threw the ball 51 times while attempting only nine runs. Sherels, a punt returner, always seems to end up having to play significant minutes at corner because of injuries to other players. He’s not the greatest cover corner, but he does make sound tackles when the opportunities arise. He had a team-high eight tackles on Sunday.
n TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) fractured his left foot and will be out about a month or longer. The No. 1 tight end job now falls to John Carlson, who has been a disappointment since signing with the team before the 2012 season.
n DE Brian Robison continues to put pressure on quarterbacks. Sunday, that pressure finally resulted in Robison’s first multi-sack game of the season. He had two, giving him three on the season. He’s 1 1/2 behind Jared Allen for the team lead.
n CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) was injured late in the Cowboys game, but will try to practice on Tuesday. When he left the game, the Vikings were without four of their top five defensive backs. Rhodes has been the team’s best cornerback, but that’s not saying much this year.
n LB Chad Greenway had a season-low four tackles, but it was enough to become the eighth player in franchise history to record 1,000 career tackles. Greenway has 1,002 in 104 games. Scott Studwell holds the team record of 1,928 in 202 games.