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Christian Ponder injury appears minor

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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had to leave Thursday’s game early, but he wasn’t injured badly.

Ponder’s left shoulder dislocation is considered minor, and it’s very possible that Ponder will start the Vikings’ next game against the Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

That meshes with the cautious optimism expressed by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who said that if Ponder can heal quickly, he won’t miss any time.

After an ugly interception to start the game, Ponder settled down and played pretty well in Thursday night’s win. (Helped, of course, by the fact that Washington’s defense stinks.) If he’s healthy, he’ll get a chance to show what he can do against a much better defense in Seattle.

Frazier has not said whether Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman would get the start if Ponder can’t go. On Thursday it was Cassel who got the call to finish the game after Ponder went down.

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  1. lks311 says: Nov 9, 2013 7:19 PM

    The entire NFC North just gave out a collective sigh…”well, that was close”.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 9, 2013 7:27 PM

    I would take a competitive Joe Webb at quarterback over any of these fools…

  3. allday420ap says: Nov 9, 2013 7:52 PM

    Sharon rodgers could learn a thing or two

  4. sikoix says: Nov 9, 2013 8:10 PM

    Ponder has looked like a different QB the last two weeks — the Vikings coaches seem to be finally done with the “playing not to lose” schemes on offense.

    I’d be satisfied with Ponder the rest of the season if he plays like he has the last two weeks. The comment about Joe Webb above literally made me laugh out loud (guy obviously does not watch Viking games often, if ever).

  5. crabsjarrard says: Nov 9, 2013 8:25 PM

    Don’t really care about Ponder or the Vikes, but those new uniforms look really great. Easily the best looking helmets in the league. Jacksonville could learn a thing or two and drop that ridiculous 2-tone helmet in favor of the matte black.

  6. Paul M. says: Nov 9, 2013 8:30 PM

    I’d be satisfied with Ponder the rest of the season if he plays like he has the last two weeks. The comment about Joe Webb above literally made me laugh out loud (guy obviously does not watch Viking games often, if ever).
    _______________________________

    Anyone who thinks Ponder is a good quarterback has never seen a Vikings game or is named Mrs. Ponder.

  7. thereyougo2 says: Nov 9, 2013 8:39 PM

    The Vikings owner or general manager should have fired Leslie Frazier Friday morning. Calling two timeouts with a seven point lead with 1:38 left in the game and Washington with none left was pure disgrace. No wonder the Vikings are 2 & 8 with that coaching staff.

  8. sikoix says: Nov 9, 2013 8:55 PM


    I’d be satisfied with Ponder the rest of the season if he plays like he has the last two weeks. The comment about Joe Webb above literally made me laugh out loud (guy obviously does not watch Viking games often, if ever).
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    Anyone who thinks Ponder is a good quarterback has never seen a Vikings game or is named Mrs. Ponder.

    I said I’d be satisfied with Ponder if he keeps playing the way he has the last two weeks — much different than saying he’s good or our QB of the future. All I know is I saw what Joe Webb was good for last season in the playoffs against the Packers and I saw what Freeman and his cannon arm were good for against the (at the time) 0-6 Giants. Cassel is a good backup, but I wouldn’t start him over Ponder at this point.

    One thing I will say is that Ponder had some great performances last season at times (49ers and second Packers game comes immediately to mind), and looked awful at times. I have a much bigger problem with his (lack of) consistency than his admittedly on the weak side arm.

  9. duece5 says: Nov 9, 2013 9:17 PM

    Say what you want about Ponder, but he is one tough dude.

    He could just say screw it, I need a few weeks off. He rubs dirt on it.
    Rodgers has a booboo, and he is out 4-6.

    Hmm, wondering how long that Rodgers chick will be out.

  10. FlashPatterson says: Nov 9, 2013 9:19 PM

    BOOOOOOO!!!! get out of here already.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 9, 2013 9:24 PM

    Here is the ultimate problem of Vikings fans and the organization when they evaluate ponder:

    If he has two or three decent games, and maybe one good one, that’s good enough.

    Sorry, but elite quarterbacks play great every single game. They don’t have spots of success here and there.

    Put it into context: ponder this past week, in what they call his best game this year, had two turnovers, threw for less than two hundred yards, got injured, and played a horrific defense that didn’t challenge Vikings receivers.

    It’s like Vikings fans forget the bad when he shows a flash of good. And it’s not anything that good either.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 9, 2013 9:25 PM

    Ponder is tough…but guess what, he ran and he got hurt. Running quarterbacks get hurt. It is a scientific fact.

  13. stellarperformance says: Nov 9, 2013 9:32 PM

    allday420ap says:
    Nov 9, 2013 7:52 PM
    Sharon rodgers could learn a thing or two
    //////////////////////////////////

    Who??

  14. spanked13 says: Nov 9, 2013 9:37 PM

    Anyone crowing about Ponder’s performance the last two weeks knows nothing about football….he was playing against 2 of the worst pass defenses in the league ,one which has been torched for over 400 yards passing in half their games in the Cowboy’s, Ponder couldn’t even muster 250 …. and he didn’t even throw for 200 against the Redskins….doesn’t have any pocket awareness and takes off running as soon as he sees his first option is covered….don’t forget the 99% of his passes that are 5 yards and less …. suppose you guys get a woody over the completion percentage from those …. And don’t forget he can’t hit anyone in stride, has no touch to throw a deep ball and that little noodle arm that couldn’t throw a 50 yard Hail Mary into the end zone… it fell 10 yards short of the end zone, remember….boy he’s impressive…. I hope he plays this coming week when he has the Seattle defense….that will shut you guys up for a couple weeks

  15. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 9, 2013 9:53 PM

    I remember Ponder could not finish last season with an arm bruise.

    Earlier he had a rib injury and Freeman started and got a concussion.
    Now a shoulder dislocation.

    The vikings don’t need to draft a QB, they need to stop injuries from occurring to their current QB.

    Having 3 QB’s that have all started in the NFL is rare in the NFL. So is having 3 injuries at that position.

    If Ponder can stay healthy give him a big contract for many years.

  16. skinsfan91 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:17 PM

    Too bad every bad QB can’t just play the Redskins every week. We’d make Blaine Gabbert look like Joe Montana.

  17. hurricanegrabowski says: Nov 10, 2013 12:28 AM

    Ponder’s NFL level talent appears minor.

  18. glennsyank13 says: Nov 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    Ponder is tough? The guy missed a playoff game for a bruise. Rodgers never missed a playoff game. Neither did Favre. And it would take much more than a bruise to keep them out. And his rib injury… A broken rib that takes less than two weeks to heal isn’t major, yet it forced him out of a game. That injury was all about pain tolerance and he couldn’t tolerate that.

  19. pappavike says: Nov 10, 2013 11:55 PM

    Ponder may not be Joe Montana. But he’s not to blame
    For the Vikings record. For all but two games the Vikings
    have been competive. The Defense is what’s let the Vikings
    down!! Look how many games the Vikes lost in the last
    Few minutes because the Defense couldn’t get’em off the
    field. Ponder is not the whole problem!!

  20. contra74 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:01 AM

    glennsyank13 says:
    Nov 10, 2013 10:14 AM
    Ponder is tough? The guy missed a playoff game for a bruise. Rodgers never missed a playoff game. Neither did Favre. And it would take much more than a bruise to keep them out. And his rib injury… A broken rib that takes less than two weeks to heal isn’t major, yet it forced him out of a game. That injury was all about pain tolerance and he couldn’t tolerate that.
    —-
    Ok tough guy. I’m sure your job gets all sorts of crazy injuries week in and week out. Take last week for example, how many times did that drive through window almost close on your arm while giving extra ketchup?

  21. okemon says: Nov 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    Ponder has earned the starting spot. But, I’ve said it b4 and will continue to harp on it. Regardless of how Ponder plays, we should draft a QB in 2014.

    Somehow, Speilman, if you could land Teddy Bridgewater, you’d have your QB of the future. Accuracy + strong arm + great decision making = great TD/Int ratio.

    Not saying start him right away. In fact, Ponder can start if he continues to earn the spot.

  22. pwrback2 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:52 PM

    pappavike: I will say it again the best defense is a good offense which keeps the other offense on the sideline, the time of possesion in the Dallas game the Vikes had the ball for a whopping 19 minutes and change so that puts the Vikes defense on the field for forty minutes plus!! good luck stopping anyone add in all the injuries on D. Enough said.

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