Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) throws during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ponder May Sit Week 4


In the Monday morning Vikings press conference, head coach Leslie Frazier ran down the injury report it only included Jefferson, Sanford, and Cook.  Well, now you can add Christian Ponder’s name to that list.

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns win 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ponder is reportedly nursing a rib injury that is making him unable to throw the ball with his usual power.  Although he can complete some light throws, he is mostly concerned with the damage his ribs will take during the game.  Ponder was sacked 6 times last week and a total of 10 times this season.  This rib injury is putting his status for the week 4 game against the Steelers in London up in doubt.

“If I can’t fulfill my duties, then Matt’s going to step in and play.” -Christian Ponder

If Ponder is unable to play on Sunday, the Vikings will get to see backup Matt Cassel get his first start with the Vikings.  During the game last week against the Cleveland Browns, Vikings fans in Minnesota were chanting for Cassel to replace Ponder.  Maybe they just got their wish.

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  • Jake

    Ponder, Cassel, it’s a loss either way. Neither of them is a long term answer. Why not give the start to MBT so we can finally see what he’s got to offer.

    • Daniel Laxen

      Wrong answer! Cassel wins and Ponder blows! MBT is 3rd behind both. What does that say? Yeah he stinks!

      • Jake

        Wow, it’s easy to go back and point out wrong predictions after the fact. It still stands, if Cassel was a winner he would be starting in KC right now. Cassel has better pocket presence than Ponder but he makes poor decisions just like Ponder. As I said neither of them is the answer. The Vikings have been holding onto MBT for two years now for a reason, it’s time to see what he’s got.

        • Daniel Laxen

          Wrong predictions? Perhaps on your part? Cassel took the Chiefs to the Playoffs a few years ago. Yes last year his numbers were dreadful. He took the brunt of criticism as he should. He led the Patriots to an 11 win season and didn’t make the playoffs. The poor decisions were evident on Sunday. That’s the 1st time I’ve seen the Vikings offense look in sync all season. That’s how it’s supposed to work. When the opponent stacks the box the QB faces single safety coverage and Matt Cassel exploited that. Ponder doesn’t do that!

          As for Bethal Thompson where on his resume’ makes you believe he has anything to offer? When he was 3rd string at UCLA and forced into action because of injury? Maybe it was his stellar performance in that Las Vegas Bowl in 07? 11 for 27 a TD and a INT, or perhaps it was his play vs. Notre Dame where he was 12 for 28 and 4 picks? He was a 42% passer with a 1td to 5 INT ratio with a whopping 5.3 yards per attempt.The writing was on the wall he wasn’t gonna be the guy there either. He then transferred to Sacramento State University. I have news for you there too. He didn’t start for Sacramento State University either. The games he played were wretched. The only good game I found was when he beat Idaho State. That team won all of 1 game that year.

          Now let me ask you where in the wide wide world of sports on this resume’ does this have NFL starting QB on it? All you have seen is him throwing vs. scrubs and 3rd and 4th string garbage. I’ll give you he has a big arm and that’s what keeps him employed in the NFL. He wasn’t drafted in 2011 and the only undrafted starting QB in the league is Tony Romo. There’s a reason for that!

          Now if you are ready to try and spin this into why he should start for the Vikings I’m all ears…SMFH

  • derlowemann

    They should have tried Cassel in the 4th last game just to see, don’t have him start a game have him come when the other QB is struggling. besides it’s not only Ponder, too many times he could barely turn around to throw or take two steps and set to throw before the D was in his face. It’s the O line, the special teams was burned twice last week, how do you not see a player lined up near the side line? The coaches on the sideline should have seen that and called a time out. The play calling is too obvious, the O line is terrible, they cannot pass protect or open holes for AP, the special teams blows, Hester ripped a long one each return, 249 return yards, the Browns pull a fake punt and fake FG, then in hurry up with less than a minute when they need to get in FG range Ponder throws for a 2 yard pass in the middle of the field instead of throwing it away, if you cannot pick up 15+ yards save the time and throw it away… A rookie QB knows this….

  • Daniel Laxen

    Cassel will play better than an injured Ponder, for that matter he might well play better than a healthy Christian Ponder? This is why they brought him in and now it’s time to see if they made the correct decision. The best choice would have been Alex Smith for what the team is trying to accomplish using a game manager type QB. Here’s hoping that Ponder never gets to QB the Vikings another meaningful series!