A rib injury to starting Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has put his status for week 4 in jeopardy. The team arrived in London, England earlier this week and has been doing promotional work as the home team in the contest. Ponder is currently practicing with a pad around his waist, but is worried about contact in real game situations.
Vikings fans got some news from Aditi Kinkhabwala through her twitter account earlier today. Aditi is a reporter for NFL Network and NFL.com. Here are the tweets she had about the current situation:
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier doesn’t seem confident that Ponder will be able to go on Sunday. In an interview, Frazier stated that “He did a little less than we were hoping. A little sore. We’ll give him more, see if he can handle it.” Ponder has been limited in practice, and backup quarterback Matt Cassel has been getting a majority of of the first team snaps.
“We want Christian to play. We want him to get out there and continue to grow and develop as a quarterback. But we signed Matt Cassel for occasions just like this, if something were to happen to Christian. We’ll see what happens.” -Leslie Frazier
Fans could get their first taste of Matt Cassel as a starter on Sunday when the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings face off in London, England against the 0-3 Pittsburgh Steelers.