Ponder exits, Cassel enters for Vikings


The Vikings’ game of quarterback musical chairs continues.

Christian Ponder, who started tonight’s game against Washington, was injured while diving toward the end zone late in the third quarter and had to come out of the game. On the play, Ponder extended the ball toward the pylon as he took a hit. He was initially ruled to have scored a touchdown, but replays showed the ball never actually crossed the goal line.

Unfortunately, Ponder took a hard hit in his attempt to dive into the end zone, and he had to leave the game. Matt Cassel entered for one play, a handoff to Adrian Peterson, who waltzed into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown.

There’s no word yet on the severity of Ponder’s injury. At the moment, Ponder is in the locker room, Cassel is the quarterback, and Josh Freeman remains on the sideline.