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Christian Ponder was hospitalized after season for arm injury

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Christian Ponder was forced to miss the Minnesota Vikings playoff game against the Green Bay Packers after suffering a bad contusion to his throwing arm in the regular season finale against Green Bay.

The injury ultimately led to a trip to emergency room for Ponder in the weeks following the season.

Ponder spoke to reporters Wednesday as the Vikings are going through their offseason workouts. He revealed that the contusion “came back” two weeks after the season and he almost ended up requiring emergency surgery on his injured arm.

The whole arm swelled up and I actually had to go to the ER and get that taken care of,” Ponder said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “It was a little scary with [concerns] about a blood clot. But it ended up being fine.”

Ponder said the arm swelled up and got rock hard prompting a trip to emergency room. He feared a blood clot had formed in his arm and doctors at the hospital believed he could be experiencing compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome occurs at the site of an injury. Muscles can fill with fluid greatly increasing the pressure in that part of the body. It’s a very serious condition that can lead to numerous complications and the treatment can require drastic measures such as cutting the muscle open in order to relieve the pressure.

Luckily for Ponder, a call with Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman helped tap the brakes on any aggressive treatment and instead opting for an MRI to further diagnose the issue. The results confirmed that it wasn’t compartment syndrome and just the return of the original contusion.

“They said it was fine. Just to ice it down or whatever and it would work itself out,” Ponder said.

It’s good news for Ponder and the Vikings. Compartment syndrome and the ensuing treatment necessarily could have put Ponder out of commission for a significant amount time (not to mention the serious risk to Ponder’s health alone). With the contusion healed, Ponder is clear to work with his teammates throughout the offseason.

“It’s good to be back and be with all the guys. Everyone is showing up and working hard,” Ponder said.

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68 Responses to “Christian Ponder was hospitalized after season for arm injury”
  1. comebackid says: May 2, 2013 12:37 AM

    No more excuses the talents around you. step up this year, or move out of the way.

  2. sundayisthebestday says: May 2, 2013 12:39 AM

    Poor Gendo.

  3. Phintastic says: May 2, 2013 12:43 AM

    Whomever said these guys are overpaid, need to think again…

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 12:44 AM

    I’m glad he called the trainer and got it straightened out. How many unnecessary surgeries are the rest of us that don’t have access to an NFL head trainer having?

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 12:47 AM

    Ponder had his best game of the season with that arm when he injured it against the Packers. Unfortunately, the muscle shut down after the game and he couldn’t play against them the next week. Packer fans are still crowing that they were able to beat our fourth-string quarterback who is trying out as a wide receiver this year, conveniently forgetting how they were carved apart by the “noodle-armed” Ponder just one week earlier. It’s going to be a fun season.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: May 2, 2013 1:05 AM

    As if having bad confusion in his throwing arm wasn’t enough, now Ponderp has to deal with bad contusion.

  7. greenmeattruck says: May 2, 2013 1:07 AM

    Doctors subsequently told Ponder “Yeah, that’s what happens when you use a muscle a lot, it swells and gets harder. By the way, you look pretty cute on Sundays wearing purple.”

  8. reppster says: May 2, 2013 1:18 AM

    This guy won the final four games of the regular season to get Minnesota into the playoffs. I can’t wait to watch him next year with Jennings and Patterson!

  9. firerogergoodell says: May 2, 2013 1:22 AM

    I’m sorry I questioned his toughness! There isn’t a QB in the league that would have played through that.

  10. staffordsyear says: May 2, 2013 1:25 AM

    Yea like it woulda made a difference if he was healthy.

  11. buhbay1c says: May 2, 2013 1:31 AM

    I’m sure Carl Gerbschmidt, filthymcnasty1, and tokyosandblaster could fill us in on how painful this type of injury can be. Even though they got theirs from taking little blue pills in Carl’s mom’s Buffalo Billesque type basement as opposed to football, I would still like to know how the recovery went.

  12. robgilman says: May 2, 2013 1:32 AM

    thanks for the details about compartment syndome

  13. jimbo75025 says: May 2, 2013 1:36 AM

    So if Ponder had compartment syndrome and lost the ability to throw a ball more than 20 yards, would anyone have noticed?

  14. packerfanfordecades says: May 2, 2013 1:36 AM

    Wow.

    It’s hard to imagine what it was that hit him that caused that strange set of impressions on his arm. Almost seems as something hit him, backed off, rotated 15 degrees and then hit him again. Sure doesn’t look like cleat marks. Was he hit by a hockey stick? I don’t remember any GBay guys playing with a stick in that game.

    Very glad he’s OK.

  15. edelmanfanclub says: May 2, 2013 1:40 AM

    Good thing the Vikings kept him out, he’s young and not worth one game.

  16. grandpoopah says: May 2, 2013 1:42 AM

    A starting QB had his throwing arm swell up to emergency levels and he went to the freaking ER? Can anyone imagine Brady or Rodgers doing this? WTF!!!

  17. pondersuckhereallyreallysuuuucks says: May 2, 2013 1:54 AM

    “Ponder said the arm swelled up and got rock hard prompting a trip to emergency room.”

    so he got an arm boner and he cost us a playoff game… sweet

  18. nfl4days says: May 2, 2013 2:03 AM

    Ponder doesnt play, hes a wuss. RG3 plays, he’s and egotistical idiot. you can never win with people. Ponder didnt go play so hes a wuss, but he also could have gone out their and did serious damage to his arm, and only after the fact would people care and then say how irresponsible he is. You can talk about being their for your team, and making sacrifices, and taking one for the team, but at the end of the day when crap goes bad for you, it goes bad for YOU and nobody is gonna help you. Not in todays NFL where companionship and brotherhood has been replaced by paychecks. Is the team gonna be their when youve had so many concussions you dont know who you are? Is the team gonna pay for your house if it gets foreclosed cause you wanted to take less money to “Help the team?”. Is the team gonna help you with your nerve damage? Is the team gonna get your roster spot back after you get cut for blowing out a knee?history says no. You gotta look out for you. How many players took lesser contracts to help the team, got injured, and got cut like nothing never to be heard of again.

  19. themackstrong says: May 2, 2013 2:08 AM

    Now he can go back to slinging it down the field!..Oh wait…..I am just glad he has good health.

  20. gdeli says: May 2, 2013 2:11 AM

    good luck, the vikes are gonna need you to come thru for them and us.

  21. drunkenpackblogger says: May 2, 2013 2:14 AM

    with that hit walden laid on him im surprised he finished that game before the playoff game.

  22. kd75 says: May 2, 2013 2:28 AM

    That’s just like the time I got a blister and thought it was a staph infection…$700 later, I felt like an idiot when the Doc said “put some cortisone cream on it.”

  23. pappavike says: May 2, 2013 2:31 AM

    And everybody thought he was such a puss!! Sounds kind of serious to me!!

  24. rasalghoul says: May 2, 2013 2:37 AM

    To go from iron man Brett Favre to a guy who misses playoff games with a bruise…

  25. sleepsoncouches says: May 2, 2013 2:49 AM

    Judging from his throwing motion I saw prior to the playoff game, the level of discomfort was high for the young quarterback. He couldn’t even have done the Tomahawk Chop if he’d wanted to. I hope he’s back to 100%. You know, for Samantha’s sake…

  26. j4man1 says: May 2, 2013 4:04 AM

    Why is this news now? When your RB rushes for 2,000 yds it’s pretty obvious that your QB is insignificant anyway.

  27. theclaim says: May 2, 2013 4:19 AM

    Looks like the haters were wrong, Ponder COULDN’T go. I bet it KILLED him to have to watch. Get well and ready to take the Norse division. GB spent TOO much on A-Rod and Mathews. I read that Eddy Lacys toe is elephant man looking. That sounds like it might be painful and career shortening. Not like he can pull a Ronnie Lott and.just clip it off! Ponders breakout year after playoffs in a rebuild year? Seems likely. Skol

  28. doorharp11 says: May 2, 2013 4:54 AM

    I can’t wait for the season to start im excited to see what ponder can do with a few receivers who know how to run routes. This guy can play and he will be good for the vikes!

  29. frozeninfear says: May 2, 2013 5:30 AM

    Wow, Ponder dodged a bullet. Glad to hear he is o.k. That was scary.

  30. thesteelers says: May 2, 2013 5:50 AM

    What a loser.

  31. GenXJay says: May 2, 2013 6:34 AM

    That’s how it’s done, RgIII/Shannahan.
    Any threat of further serious injury mandates not playing.

  32. schmokes says: May 2, 2013 7:07 AM

    Doctors have confirmed that Ponder’s arm will be 100% ready to underthrow his receivers by the beginning of the season.

  33. Shinnbone says: May 2, 2013 7:11 AM

    He’s really lucky he didn’t go blind….

  34. crazycane says: May 2, 2013 7:24 AM

    I’m glad he’s OK. With that said, this guy has been a china doll throughout his career.

  35. aaa82 says: May 2, 2013 7:42 AM

    Flag football hack here. 4 weeks removed from surgery for compartment syndrome. You basically lose all strength in whatever area its in. Would have been bad for him, but he’d be fine by now.

  36. khmer379 says: May 2, 2013 7:52 AM

    Comeback stronger and better! And take us to the promiseland aka SB signed all viking fans

  37. whatjusthapped says: May 2, 2013 8:05 AM

    Can you imagine how this is playing out inside his head? The guy can’t throw a 20 yard down and out to save his life and now he is coming off an injury to his arm? He will have no confidence in his throws (not that his talent level pre-injury gave him much to begin with) and the impending hesitation will be disastrous.

  38. kerryc21realty says: May 2, 2013 8:18 AM

    You know I saw some great tweets the other day from RG3 about political correctness, I wonder why I didn’t see anything about it in PFT? Was it because of that NBC logo at the top of this page? You liberal fools. See if you leave this post up

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 8:42 AM

    How soft do you have to be to sit out a playoff game and go to the hospital over a bruise?

  40. titogetmesometissue says: May 2, 2013 8:49 AM

    The hero of this story is Eric Sugarman, who understanding that Christian is a big baby, got the hospital to give him an “MRI” and then send him own with some ice. Thus, avoiding an unnecessary surgery involving cutting into muscle tissue to treat a boo boo.

  41. tombradystolemyuggs says: May 2, 2013 8:49 AM

    I have a friend with an arm injury. He also is a silly about it.

  42. 27xplayoffs says: May 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    Okay, I really hate to do it, but child, please.

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 9:24 AM

    Sounds like he’s lucky to be alive.

  44. 4superbowls says: May 2, 2013 9:29 AM

    Ok, he wasn’t “hospitalized” – he went the ER, got an MRI, they gave him some ice, and sent him home. Sheesh, you’re making us all look like a bunch of babies up here.

  45. 4superbowls says: May 2, 2013 9:30 AM

    Oh, and Brett Favre would like an explanation.

  46. bobby2478 says: May 2, 2013 9:43 AM

    To go from iron man Brett Favre to a guy who misses playoff games with a bruise…

    =================================

    Right, cuz it worked out so well whenever Favre played when he was badly hurt. Like in NY when he tore his bicep tendon and kept playing and the Jets lost the rest of the games that year. Or in the NFC Championship game when he came back with a sprained ankle and threw the game losing interception (granted the Vikes mostly lost due to multiple errors that basically gave the game to NO, but this was one of them).

    Or RG3 playing hurt and tearing his ACL. Sometimes being a “tough guy” and playing through a serious injury makes you more of a liability then an asset to your team. I’d rather have someone healthy at 100% then someone who is limping around at 25%.

  47. Rick Speilman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 9:47 AM

    I for one, am super thankful that Christian took care of this when he did. He is our Quarterback for the next decade and will be critically important as we mount our Super Bowl runs. Thank heaven he had the foresight to get this very serious medical condition taken care of prior to the season.

  48. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 10:11 AM

    In all seriousness, when tragedy like this arises, the silly rivalry stuff needs to take a back seat to the players long term health and well being. I’ll admit it. I said a prayer for her.

  49. earlcampbellrules says: May 2, 2013 10:20 AM

    So not only did he skip a playoff game with a bruise, he also went to the hospital to have it checked out and they told him to ice it? Wow, just wow! How badly does AP hate that this joke is his QB?

  50. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    It was so touch and go at one point that all of his INT’s flashed before his very eyes.

    Don’t go toward’s the light, Christian!

  51. skinsfan91 says: May 2, 2013 10:26 AM

    You’re telling me a pocket passer who rarely runs the ball got hurt in the pocket. But I thought it was so safe in there. I thought only idiots like RGIII who run outside of the pocket get hurt. See if this dudes arm almost falling off isn’t a lingering injury. Like REM said “Everybody (gets) hurt.”

  52. prideof10000lakes says: May 2, 2013 10:30 AM

    And I’m just waitng for a Packers thread that says they have done ANYTHING to improve their atrocious offensive line that has allowed their wonder boy Rogers to get sacked more than any QB the last 3 years.

    Oh wait they probably cant afford any with his contract.

  53. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 10:55 AM

    The world hasn’t seen a comeback like this since the time of Lazarus. I was just happy that she can walk again, much less being able to play footall only 4 short months after this arm bruise tragedy. It truly is a miracle.

  54. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

    For the information of idiots, Ponder didn’t miss the playoff game because he had a bruise. He missed it because the triceps muscle shut down and he could barely lift his arm. Would you all have been impressed with what a tough guy he is if he would have played and been unable to throw a pass?

  55. shadowcell says: May 2, 2013 11:19 AM

    there’s a point at which being tough turns into being stupid. i’m glad Ponder backed off before he reached that point.

  56. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    My eyes well up every time I think of him in that hospital room………..clinging to life………………

  57. packhawk04 says: May 2, 2013 11:36 AM

    Not much of a surprise. Hes had elbow/shoulder issues since high school.

  58. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 12:28 PM

    The one good thing to come out of this is that filthymcdbag has a new bit. Two new bits, actually: Ponder is lucky to be alive and he’s a girl. Clever.

  59. obsessedvikingfan says: May 2, 2013 12:50 PM

    His noodle arm looked good in the last game when he hit Wright with that bomb. Kept GB from getting a bye in the playoffs and it made them have to play at San Fran.

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 12:52 PM

    Shinnbone says: May 2, 2013 7:11 AM

    He’s really lucky he didn’t go blind….

    ************************************************

    Could have shut this thing down right here. Well done.

  61. slayisland says: May 2, 2013 1:00 PM

    How u can feel comfortable with this qb dude sucks

  62. bobnelsonjr says: May 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    Thank goodness he went to the ER and not the team medical staff (that treated Korey Stringer).

  63. titogetmesometissue says: May 2, 2013 1:17 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

    For the information of idiots, Ponder didn’t miss the playoff game because he had a bruise. He missed it because the triceps muscle shut down and he could barely lift his arm. Would you all have been impressed with what a tough guy he is if he would have played and been unable to throw a pass?

    ——–

    How would that have been different from any other game?

  64. rasalghoul says: May 2, 2013 3:18 PM

    “Right, cuz it worked out so well whenever Favre played when he was badly hurt. Like in NY when he tore his bicep tendon and kept playing and the Jets lost the rest of the games that year. Or in the NFC Championship game when he came back with a sprained ankle and threw the game losing interception (granted the Vikes mostly lost due to multiple errors that basically gave the game to NO, but this was one of them).”

    ==================================

    Or like when Favre played half a season with a splint on a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

    Or like when Favre played with/after numerous concussions.

    Or like when Favre played with elbow injuries several times a year.

    Or like when Favre played with bone spurs on his ankle for years.

    I’m not saying Ponder wasn’t hurt, I’m saying he has no heart. AD has heart, Jared has heart. Why the vikes don’t entertain all the FA QBs they can find is beyond me. When your QB is the 4th toughest in a division with Stafford and Cutler something is wrong…

  65. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 3:46 PM

    Wow, are you dumb. When you’re physically incapable of throwing a football because your triceps muscle literally doesn’t work, that doesn’t have anything to do with how tough you are.

  66. deltaoracle says: May 2, 2013 4:14 PM

    So he’ll be back to throwing those 20 yard bombs. Awesome.
    Don’t think any QB in history has gotten as much praise as Ponder did for having a 230 yard game. Everything’s relative I guess.

  67. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 5:08 PM

    If you throw for 230 yards while your running back runs for 199, you’re probably going to win a lot of games.

  68. imaginesuperbowlwin says: May 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    Thanks bobnelsonjr for the Korey Stringer reference. You’re a crumb.

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