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Christian Ponder added to injury report with neck issue

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One of the league’s surprising 2-1 teams may have a problem on its hands.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was added to the injury report, after being limited in practice. He was listed as having a neck issue, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

There was no mention of anything being wrong with Ponder when Vikings coach Leslie Fraizer talked after practice, with the only notice the injury report distributed by the team.

The general lack of alarm from the Twin Cities should probably be taken as a good sign.Unless, of course, it isn’t. The optimism the Vikings have created would quickly dissipate if Joe Webb was under center.

Ponder has been a revelation this year, ranking fifth in the league with a 104.9 passer rating. He hasn’t thrown a pick yet, completing 70.1 percent of his passes.

UPDATE 6:13 p.m. ET: According to Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com, Ponder had “tension in his neck,” but is expected to start Sunday.

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22 Responses to “Christian Ponder added to injury report with neck issue”
  1. tjacks7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    Rest him, I’ll take the Vikes over the Lions with Joe Webb at QB. Welcome back to the NFC North basement, Detroit!

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 27, 2012 5:22 PM

    There are still fifth graders who think Joe Webb is better than Ponder.

  3. ken0west says: Sep 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    Funny how Ponder looks like a petter pick than Newton if only considering this season. Not making a grand statement or anything, just something for the RGIIIers to think about.

  4. conormacleod says: Sep 27, 2012 5:27 PM

    Vikings fans aren’t comparing Ponder to anyone else. We just want the Vikings to win games. Period.

  5. illlionsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:27 PM

    yeah it would probally be a good thing to hold him out of this game seeing how the lions defensive line harrassed him all game last year and they had to pull him out and put joe webb in

  6. fwippel says: Sep 27, 2012 5:28 PM

    Uh, bad news if this is significant. Ponder has played well this year.

    That said, I’m not sure the Lions are all that keen on seeing Joe Webb anytime soon, either. The last time these two teams met (and the Lions pick-sixed Ponder twice), Webb brought the Vikings back from 20 points down, and was one yard and a missed face-mask call away from knocking Detroit out of the playoffs.

    I’d rather see Ponder start and play on Sunday. But if it’s Webb, the Vikings will still win.

  7. domezo says: Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    @illionsfan if the 49ers front 4 couldnt sack ponder what makes you think the lions front 4 can? vikings o-line has improved tremendously from last year.

  8. percey12 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:43 PM

    Where’s all those Lions & Packers fans that said Ponder wasn’t a starter in the NFL and Vikings won’t be good for 10 years.

  9. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Sep 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    The have to report it, he is going to be just fine…

  10. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 27, 2012 5:57 PM

    Domezo – Shows what little you know about the NFL. The Niners run a 3-4, so there is no front 4.

    Ponder FINALLY is playing good and all the Vikings fans think they are the real deal this year. Are you guys forgetting you are going up against the best WR in the game and a QB that threw for 5000 yards last year?

    Tjacks7 – You are the ONLY one who thinks Minnesota will win the NFC North, and probably the only one who thinks Detroit will be at the bottom. Its amazing what little some people know about the NFL.

    Itll be a good game, but i can guarantee you there isnt one player in the Lions locker room that is nervous about facing Christian Ponder.

  11. numberoneinthehoodg says: Sep 27, 2012 6:04 PM

    The Vikings don’t need him to go Manning on them. Caution would suffice.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 27, 2012 6:25 PM

    It’s the reason Ponder was considered a risky pick at #12 overall. Injury prone. Just like Newton was considered risky because of personality issues. Funny how quickly people forget these things.

  13. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2012 6:31 PM

    Yikes.

    Looks like you window kickers are goin to have to temper your expectations. If this becomes an issue, I’m thinking there’s no way the vikes reach your goal of “at least .500.”

    How DOES it feel to cheer for a team that will never win the big one?

    Let’s face it: you’ll all be saying “remember that one time we beat the 49ers?!?! Yeah, WE WERE AWESOME even though we only won 5 games that year…” and then make out with your sister, making dad super jealous of her.

    This game will decide who ends up last in the division.

  14. errman2000 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:43 PM

    @lionsdraftguy. i dont understand why you said Ponder is “FINALLY” playing good. i mean its his second year and its not like he played horrible last year…

  15. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    @errman2000 – By no means am I saying Ponder is a bad QB. I guess i should have worded it differently, but hes definitily playing better this year.

  16. okemon says: Sep 27, 2012 7:05 PM

    of course i will be jumping out of my shoes if this sunday’s game goes the way last sunday’s went.

    But in det, we came off a mentally tough game and won, det came from behind and still lost…. I think both teams have to be up for this one. The talking heads still say detroit will win…. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do but then again I still wont be surprised if the the vikes win. Its been fun so far this season. I hope we can continue down this path of hard hitting, aggressive, mentally tough play.

  17. zygizag says: Sep 27, 2012 9:44 PM

    Web may not be able to go through his read as fast as Ponder, but he has better pocket presence and can throw passes Ponder can only dream of and can runbetter than Vick, or Cam. It will probably be a close game no matter which QB plays and it may be the offense that has the ball last (and communicates well) wins type of game.

    Both Ponder and Web need only more reps to become better. In the NFL you need to have a very good backup. How many team’s #1 QB will start all 16 games? (Half or less?)

  18. purplengold says: Sep 28, 2012 12:27 PM

    Nice pic of the TD pass, and a speedy recovery to him. Skol!

  19. contra74 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:38 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:Sep 27, 2012 6:31 PM

    Yikes.

    Looks like you window kickers are goin to have to temper your expectations. If this becomes an issue, I’m thinking there’s no way the vikes reach your goal of “at least .500.”

    How DOES it feel to cheer for a team that will never win the big one?

    Let’s face it: you’ll all be saying “remember that one time we beat the 49ers?!?! Yeah, WE WERE AWESOME even though we only won 5 games that year…” and then make out with your sister, making dad super jealous of her.

    This game will decide who ends up last in the division.
    ———-
    HAHAHAH – nothing funnier than a packer fan who thinks they can talk trash while at 1-2 with that ‘explosive’ offense. Be gone child!

  20. deltaoracle says: Sep 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    Surprising? Lots of people thought that Mini would be 2-1 at this point. Just didn’t think they’d lose to the Colts and beat the 49ers.

  21. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 28, 2012 7:52 PM

    Lol, contra…you’ve been talking trash for years and you’re a Vikings fan. Not really one to talk, I guess…

    Also, the truth must hurt. A lot of people said the vikes could look good until the bye, when the schedule gets tougher and the Vikings season sinks.

    I know your team better than you do.

  22. goldnpurple says: Sep 29, 2012 1:12 AM

    The NFC North is wide open with the Vikings on top. Hope the trash talkers have a good recipe for crow they will be eating. The Packers, Bears, and Lions will all lose at least one game to the Vikings this year.

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