Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch – Tuesday 13 Dec 11

WR Stephen Burton, a rookie seventh-round draft pick, injured the medial collateral ligament in his knee and was placed on injured reserve. He won’t require surgery. Burton made the team as a practice-squad player. He was released after 11 games, but re-signed before the 12th game when WR Michael Jenkins was placed on injured reserve. Burton had two catches for 38 yards in a loss to Denver, but was hurt before catching a ball against the Lions.

CB Asher Allen returned to the starting lineup after missing a week because of a shoulder injury. Allen has come a long way since he nearly didn’t make the team coming out of training camp. Injuries and the legal troubles of Chris Cook have elevated his place on the team, but he’s also playing OK, which is better than most expected he would.

QB Christian Ponder, who was benched in the third quarter on Sunday, will start again this Sunday against the Saints. Frazier said Ponder’s hip pointer injury didn’t get any worse during Sunday’s game.

WR Manny Arceneaux, a former CFL standout, was promoted from the practice squad to take Stephen Burton’s place on the 53-man roster. Arceneaux has spent the season adjusting to the NFL game after playing in the more wide-open CFL. He has good hands, a great work ethic and decent speed.

DE Brian Robison, who left the Broncos’ game a week ago because of a concussion, came back this week and had half a sack among his four tackles. He has six sacks on the season, topping his previous high of 4.5 when he was a backup to Ray Edwards.

LB Chad Greenway had eight tackles on Sunday. That gives him a team-high 140 on the season. Greenway, however, has really only one memorable play all season. He had one sack. Of his 140 tackles, none have come for a loss. He makes too many of his tackles too far downfield.