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.
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.