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November 7, 2012

Ponder-Rudolph connection needs revival for Vikes

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EDEN PRAIRIE —

Perhaps this will be the game, on Sunday against Detroit, when the Vikings finally show what they can do with their tight ends in the middle of the field. Even if they look like they're covered.

"Part of being a good quarterback at our level is throwing into tight windows," Frazier said. "He's capable of doing that."

Rudolph embraces those opportunities. With a 6-foot-6 frame and long arms to reach for a ball away from his body, he's designed to make Ponder's job easier.

"That's why a tight end is your best friend," Rudolph said, adding: "You've just got to have trust in us: 'Even if I don't make a perfect throw, he's going to get it.'"

NOTES: Harvin and DT Letroy Guion (turf toe) were the only players who didn't practice with the team Wednesday. ... Rookie Jarius Wright, who has been drafted and developed to play Harvin's role in the slot, could play in his first game this Sunday. Wright said Harvin has helped him learn how to better use his speed to be effective at that position. "I've been patiently waiting, and if they feel like I'm ready then I feel like I'm ready also," Wright said.

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