After taking the majority of the snaps in yesterday’s practice, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said he was optimistic about his chances of hanging onto his job this week.
He was held out Wednesday to rest his dislocated left shoulder, but was able to do more work Thursday, which had him hopeful.
“Honestly it’s a lot better than I expected to be all week,” Ponder said, via Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I was a little pessimistic about what was going to happen over the weekend. I was very uncomfortable. I woke up Monday and Tuesday and I kept feeling better and better. Our training staff has done such a great job of getting me to feel better. So I threw it around a lot more than I expected to [Wednesday]. And each day it’s going to keep getting better.”
Ponder said he’d wear a harness to help keep it in place, but didn’t plan to wear extra padding.
He might needed it against the Seahawks, who have 31 sacks so far this year, fifth in the league.
“I don’t know how it’s going to feel,” Ponder said. “Obviously, I’m going to get hit at some point. Hopefully not. But we’ll see how it ends up feeling. But I’m sure it will it be a little painful and hopefully the Seahawks don’t have a target on it.”
Of course, given the way Ponder’s played over the course of the year, they may want to make sure he stays in the game.