Report: “Looking more likely” Joe Webb starts for Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s status has been somewhat in doubt all week.

Ponder was limited in practice throughout the week and is officially listed as questionable to play in the Vikings Wild Card match up with the Green Bay Packers.

Now it’s a possibility the Vikings will have to turn to backup Joe Webb. According to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it’s “looking more likely” Webb will start against the Packers Saturday night.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis, Ponder is dealing with elbow bursitis. Per Pelissero, it was possible Ponder was going to need to have the fluid drained from his elbow prior to the game against the Packers. If that procedure was performed on Ponder already, it may not have been enough to get him ready to play.

Webb has appeared in just one game for the Vikings this season and has not thrown a pass. Webb was 34 of 63 for 376 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in 11 games for Minnesota last season.

44 responses to “Report: “Looking more likely” Joe Webb starts for Vikings

  1. oh lord i was already jacked enough for the game now this. why not webb baby. luck, rg3, kaepernick, season of the unproven.

  2. This is going to be the ultimate hit or miss game. Webb has shown potential to be awesome or completely dysmal, rarely inbetween.

    In either case, the Packers are going to give up between 200-300 rushing yards in total between Webb and Adrian.

  3. Webb is not accurate at all but he can throw deep and run. The Packers haven’t prepared for his speed. The Packers are going to loose.

  4. webb should start over ponder..what a wasted 1st round pick. they had a good young qb in webb and wasted a high draft pick on ponder. webb showed that if he was molded and trained right he could be a good starting franchise qb..same goes for tj yates. id give both of them a shot. better then cassel, quinn, weeden, freeman, newton, palmer, sanchez, and the list continues

  5. Uh boy, here we go. As a Viking fan, I remember when Webb got his first start. It was a Tuesday night game in Philadelphia (pushed back because of a blizzard on Sunday).

    The result? Webb played like a poised veteran, and led the Vikings (who were having an otherwise miserable year) to an upset win over the playoff bound Eagles.

    You just never know.

  6. I was happy when they drafted Christian Ponder, because it kept Joe Webb off the field. As a Packers fan, I’d rather see Ponder than Webb. The Packers don’t handle mobile QB’s with deep arm’s all that well.

  7. The element of surprise is worth something. Ponder had a fluke game last week anyway.

  8. Webb + AD = One giant speed nightmare for the Pack! Webb can do this! He is a team motivator and doesn’t get nervous,,,who’s running at ya this time GB? You’re going to be gassed on D!!!

  9. Ponder, Webb, Betheal-Thompson…. Whoever it is…. Just don’t fumble the snap before you give it to Adrian

  10. Only Vikings fans can think they have a better chance of winning with the back up quarterback.

  11. Packer’s game plan was to up the pressure on Ponder because Ponder makes errors when defenses rush him, like in the first MN-GB game. With Webb that game plan could backfire because Webb will take off and run under pressure. It will make for a interesting game. Even though I am a Viking’s fan, still have to say advantage Pack because of Rodgers.

  12. rocketdogsports: Let it snow. Let it snow. let it snow.

    Its not snowing here….. and it won’t start till midnight

  13. The whole Webb thing is is a charade. A coalition of Vikes players went down to Mississippi this week and Favre is coming back for the playoffs.

  14. The only advantage for the Purple is that Green Bay has not prepared for JWebbs athleticism.

  15. What we’ve seen from Webb is better than what we’ve seen from Ponder. I’ll take Joe Webb over a healthy Ponder and especially over an injured one. Please sit out Christian.

  16. Ponder had to decide between resting up for the playoffs or sechs-ing up the new wife.

    No word yet on whether the energy to even get out of bed will be restored by training camp.

  17. Seriously …. Webb is the better QB anyways.

    The Vikings just got better by Ponder NOT playing.

  18. Who are the idiots that keep saying suck it up about Ponder? How do you “suck up” fluid on your throwing elbow? It isn’t about pain. It’s about movement and being able to throw the ball. Webb know this offense. He will make plays. And the Vikings will give AP the rock 40 times.

  19. The one thing I’m afraid of is the Packers doing to Peterson what they did to Barry…. -1 yards net rushing, could happen…I hope we don’t get embarrassed on national tv. Just beat GB…that’s the most important thing…

  20. The Vikings have won one of their last 13 night games. The starting quarterback in that one victory was…Joe Webb. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

  21. Ponder on the road in Lambeau has a small chance of pulling an upset. Webb playing against a team that hasn’t prepared for him has a better chance. This could be the second straight year the Pack can’t win a playoff game.

  22. webb should start over ponder..what a wasted 1st round pick. they had a good young qb in webb and wasted a high draft pick on ponder. webb showed that if he was molded and trained right he could be a good starting franchise qb..same goes for tj yates. id give both of them a shot. better then cassel, quinn, weeden, freeman, newton, palmer, sanchez, and the list continues

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    So webb has shown if molded and trained right he could be a good franchise QB but guys who have the same skill set only better like freeman and newton havent?? joe webb is a 2nd stringer for a reason…freeman and newton will be starters in the league when webb is playing UFL….GO 49ERS!!!!

  23. Elbow bursitis, sounds painful. I had knee bursitis about 10 years ago, darn thing hurt for well over a week after slamming it into a metal desk corner.

  24. apooster says:
    Jan 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    The best rivalry in football just got a little more interesting. All time classic coming up.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It’s cute that Viking fans think this is a rivalry. It isn’t. The Bears are the Packers’ rival. Minnesota is just the minor annoyance next door.

  25. Looking more and more likely that Webb will get the start. According to Seifert, Ponder warmed up by throwing a few short passes, had a lengthily talk with the Vikings coaches, trainers, and brass and went off the field. Webb and the law firm still warming up on the field.

  26. this is coming from a real Vikings fan….with half a brain…

    If you, as a Viking fan, think that Joe Webb is a better quarterback than Christian Ponder; you know absolutely NOTHING about football. Sure, Webb can run, but he cannot throw the football. If he was a capable quarterback, do you really think that the GM, head coach, coordinators, etc would continue to put Ponder on the field if Webb really was a better quarterback.

    Reminds me of the idiots (these same fans’ parents) who though Steve Dils was a better quarterback than Tommy Kramer.

    Minnesota – where parking garages are called parking ramps; and preseason games mean something.

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