Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder in Thursday night’s victory over the Redskins and said after the game that he hoped to heal fast enough to play in Week 11.
Results of an MRI on Friday haven’t done anything to make that impossible. Coach Leslie Frazier said doctors found nothing troubling in the test and that the answer to the question of Ponder’s return will come down to how quickly the shoulder progresses.
“No surprises when they did the MRI, now it’s just a matter of how fast he heals,” Frazier said, via the team.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press adds that Frazier said he’d like to see Ponder practicing by next Thursday in order to face the Seahawks next weekend. Frazier wouldn’t say whether Matt Cassel would get the start if Ponder isn’t able to play. Ponder was 17-of-21 for 174 yards with two touchodowns and one interception before getting hurt on Thursday night. Cassel was 4-of-6 for 47 yards in his relief appearance.