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Ponder, Winfield questionable for Vikings

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Two key members of the Vikings have been listed as questionable ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Packers.

Quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield have both been given the 50/50 designation by the team on Friday. Ponder was limited all week by an elbow injury he suffered while getting hit by Packers safety Morgan Burnett last Sunday and he could be seen flexing and rubbing the arm during that game. Coach Leslie Frazier has expressed confidence all week that Ponder would be healthy enough to play come Saturday night.

The same is true of Winfield, who was forced out of the regular season finale while trying to play with a broken right hand. He plans to play with a cast on the hand this week and the Vikings surely hope that his second try is more successful.

Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has been ruled out for Minnesota. The Packers are looking as healthy as they’ve been since the start of the season. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy are out, but wide receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings join safety Charles Woodson with probable tags ahead of the playoff opener for both teams.

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29 Responses to “Ponder, Winfield questionable for Vikings”
  1. apooster says: Jan 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    This is going to be the most entertaining game of the year.

  2. deltaoracle says: Jan 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    Anyone doubt Ponder will be out there? I suppose Frazier’s trying to make the Packers spend time “preparing for Webb – like he’d be a whole different type of QB. Vikings need Winfield much more in any case. Their DBs were running around like headless chickens in the second half.

  3. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    They’re just getting the excuses ready, but no need, we’re about to shock the world!

  4. jimmysee says: Jan 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    So if Ponder doesn’t start, do the Vikes resign McNabb!?

    (He’s patiently waiting for the phone to ring.)

    … or maybe with Peterson they do not really need a QB.

  5. dalucks says: Jan 4, 2013 4:03 PM

    So Christian Ponder playing status is like his decision making on the football field…………..questionable.

  6. pillowporkers says: Jan 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    As a vikes fan, we need you Ponder. The way you’ve been playing the last 3 weeks is why we’re a playoff team. Continue keeping those turnovers at a minimum and we’ll be in the Super Bowl. People will laugh at me but the Packers are the most overrated team in the playoffs. The Pack is 2-4 against other playoff teams. Tied for worst record with Baltimore. The even more alarming stat is in those games against playoff teams, the Packers are +2 in the TO category…so it’s not those you can blame the losses on. Atlanta is built to lose to the Vikings, and just like that were in the NFC championship game where we’d probably lose. But hey amazing season. Go Vikes!

  7. joeyashwi says: Jan 4, 2013 4:13 PM

    As a Packer fan I really hope that Ponder plays. It took Peterson rushing for over 400 yards to gain a split with us in the regular season. I can’t see another 200 yard performance by him and I definitely can barely see Ponder going over 100. I actually like the Vikings too so I’m not being a hater, just know what Ponder is capable of and it isn’t much.

  8. Ponder This says: Jan 4, 2013 4:16 PM

    This is a stat that I haven’t seen reported but I think it’s the biggest problem for the Vikings. They have lost 12 of their last 13 night games. If they played Sunday at noon, I’d love the Vikings in this game. For whatever reason, they just don’t play well at night.

  9. blowpackblow says: Jan 4, 2013 4:19 PM

    Ponder had the best game of his life with a sore arm, maybe that fixed his wet noodle. GB will be playing the run and Ponder will have to go deep, like 11 yards to win.

  10. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2013 4:21 PM

    Ponder is ‘Questionable’ when healthy…

  11. thepvyharvin says: Jan 4, 2013 4:21 PM

    Nicely played Frazier!

  12. norseyapper says: Jan 4, 2013 4:25 PM

    The reasons to say the Vikings don’t have a chance are piling up.
    That alone should give Packer fans reason to panick a little.

  13. noeffinway says: Jan 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    The only way the Vikes win this game is if they flat out run away with it. If the score is close the refs will make sure that gb gets the win.

  14. pappavike says: Jan 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    For those that have no faith in Ponder? Thats fine! Just don’t come back here after he has played another great game and try to say you knew he would!! The Vikes have to dance with the one that brung them!!

  15. ronaldjones says: Jan 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Christian Ponder is a pretty bad quarterback, but unfortunately for the Vikings he’s the best they have.

  16. binkystevens says: Jan 4, 2013 4:31 PM

    Wow, I had no idea the Vikings even had fans until I read this post. What a random franchise. Almost ditched its city over money relates to a stadium expansion. Pathetic.

    Packers will absolutely dominate the Vikings this weekend. On real grass. In the real elements. Unlike that wimpy carpet in the dome that the purple clad tools call home.

  17. bfrsd says: Jan 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    As a vikes fan, we need you Ponder. The way you’ve been playing the last 3 weeks is why we’re a playoff team. Continue keeping those turnovers at a minimum and we’ll be in the Super Bowl. People will laugh at me but the Packers are the most overrated team in the playoffs. The Pack is 2-4 against other playoff teams. Tied for worst record with Baltimore. The even more alarming stat is in those games against playoff teams, the Packers are +2 in the TO category…so it’s not those you can blame the losses on. Atlanta is built to lose to the Vikings, and just like that were in the NFC championship game where we’d probably lose. But hey amazing season. Go Vikes!
    ——————————————–
    Where did you get your facts?

    The Vikings are 3-4 against playoff teams and if you count the bogus Seattle game correctly, the Packers are also 3-4.

    Let’s also take into account the fact that your offensive line has played all 16 games together and your only serious injury was Percy ‘the locker room cancer’ Harvin. The Packers are playing two undrafted FA’s on the o-line. I have no doubt that a Packer team as healthy as your Vikings team has been all season would have a bye week right now.

  18. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 4, 2013 4:43 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Jan 4, 2013 4:27 PM
    The only way the Vikes win this game is if they flat out run away with it. If the score is close the refs will make sure that gb gets the win.

    —-

    Yeah! Just like in week 17 when the packers won that close game!

    See, lions fans are as clueless as their coach and team.

  19. bfrsd says: Jan 4, 2013 5:00 PM

    No matter the outcome all of the Packer haters will be out in some form or fashion. If they win a close game it will be because the refs helped them win. If they blow the Vikings out it will be because the refs helped them win. If the Vikings win a close game it would’ve been a blowout if it weren’t for the refs.

    For all the ref blaming on here for every Packer win, the posters rarely actually detail specific instances where they were helped. I can however detail a Seattle game with FOUR blown calls on the last drive alone. A 17 yard Viking reception that led directly to 7 points last Sunday on a ball that clearly hit the turf. Three huge bogus PI calls down the stretch against Indy. And the biggest of them all; Jerry Rice clearly fumbling and it not being called leading to the 49ers winning the playoff game.

  20. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2013 6:20 PM

    It’s going to be a tough game for the Vikes to win for sure. If somehow they do win, I’m sure Packer fans will still grasp for some reason to be smug.

  21. gtodriver says: Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    binkystevens says:

    Almost ditched its city over money relates to a stadium expansion. Pathetic.
    ______________________________

    First of all, the Vikings never came close to leaving the Twin Cities.

    But your post is hilarious because it’s coming from a fan of a team that had to play games in another city over 100 miles away for 62 years because the local fan base couldn’t support the team…

  22. packhawk04 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:12 PM

    Just wait till tomorrow night. This place will be crawling with viking bitches crying about bad calls that never happened.

  23. tdoe89 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:48 PM

    Yes the only reason why the packerss win is because of the refs. What about Russel Wilson’s
    game winning interception?

  24. darthraven887 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:13 PM

    I kinda want to see what Joe Webb can do.

  25. sellinmp1506 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:45 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    First of all, the Vikings never came close to leaving the Twin Cities.

    But your post is hilarious because it’s coming from a fan of a team that had to play games in another city over 100 miles away for 62 years because the local fan base couldn’t support the team…
    ——————
    Actually, your post is hilarious. The Packers played in Milwaukee as part of an agreement so that Milwaukee would not be awarded an AFL/AFC team. Every Packer game has been sold out since 1960. Care to try and fall flat on your face again with some more of your wisdom? Good try.

  26. vikingshavefoursuperbowlappearancesandarethebest says: Jan 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    The Vikings have one many more division titles than Green Bay. Anyway tomorrow we don’t need a quarterback.

    Vikings 48 Packers 3

    SKOAL

  27. mediasloppy says: Jan 4, 2013 10:58 PM

    I think Woodson should have the nickname dryhump, because that’s how he covers every WR he plays against.

  28. calcheesmo says: Jan 5, 2013 2:33 AM

    Being a Packer fan myself, I want to play Ponder…because knowing our defense, if Webb plays, he’ll have an incredible game and destroy us, and I really don’t need to deal with that the entire off season…we aren’t the greatest against scrambling QB’s, I have some awful playoff memories of Vick torching us *shudders* so be healthy Ponder!

    For some reason the Packers have that curse…they get destroyed by backups…I pray that Cutler plays every time we play the bears, if we played anyone else, they’d probably win, but Cutler gives us the ball at least twice every game, love that guy.

  29. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    Yeah…. GTOdriver is one of those fair weather Vikings fans. Didn’t show up at all during the down weeks in the middle of the season, but early on and now again he tries to upset packers fans with nonsensical drivel.

    Truth is, the packers and their fans are now, and always will be better than the Vikings and their fans.

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