Found January 05, 2013 on
Fox Sports North:
GREEN BAY, Wis. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is inactive for Saturday night's playoff game at Green Bay, unable to get over the sore right elbow he hurt in last week's regular-season finale against the Packers.
Joe Webb will start for Minnesota. NBC first reported the news on its broadcast of Saturday's earlier playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.
Ponder was limited all week with what coach Leslie Frazier called a bruised elbow, suffered last week in the final regular-season game against the Packers. A report on 1500espn.com said Ponder is dealing with bursitis in his throwing elbow.
Ponder warmed up about three hours before the game in front of head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and general manager Rick Spielman, attempting just a few passes before going back inside as Webb and third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson continued to warm up.
Frazier didn't sound too concerned earlier in the week about the practice limitations on Ponder, but concern likely increased as Ponder couldn't recover in time for Saturday's game with a short week of preparation. Frazier said Ponder's elbow was a "little bit tight" on Thursday and the team was resting him throughout the week to allow time to "let that elbow calm down a little bit."
"I think he'll be alright," Frazier said after Thursday's practice. "I think he'll do everything he can to make sure he's ready to go. He's done a lot more stuff mental than physical right now, but should be fine."
Ponder, finishing off his first full season as the Vikings' starter in his second year out of Florida State, attempted every regular-season pass for Minnesota. He had an 81.2 quarterback rating and 62.1 percent completion rate and threw for 2,935 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Last week in Minnesota, Ponder was 16 of 28 for 234 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers in helping the Vikings to a playoff-clinching 37-34 win.
Webb took just three regular-season snaps this season and didn't attempt a pass. He had one kneel-down in an early-season win against Tennessee. Webb's last regular action came in relief of Ponder in the 2011 regular-season finale. Webb, a third-year player out of Alabama-Birmingham, was 17 of 32 for 200 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Chicago.
FollowBrian Hall onTwitter.
BEST OF MAXIM
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said his injured right arm wouldn't have allowed him to play in Saturday night's playoff game in Green Bay. On Monday, he demonstrated why.
With the team cleaning out the locker room Monday, Ponder showed off severe bruising in his right arm, the result of a hit of a hit from Packers safety Morgan Burnett in the final...
Christian Ponder was held out of the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff game on Saturday with an arm injury, and now we have a chance to see how it looks.
Shari L. Gross of the Minneapolis Star Tribune shared this photo of Ponder Monday:
Photo of #Vikings @cponder7 showing me his bruised bicep. twitter.com/SGrossStrib/st…
— Shari L. Gross(@SGrossStrib) January 7, 2013
As you can see...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Adrian Peterson was the best player for the Minnesota Vikings all season. There is no debating that. But as great as the team's star running back was, he needed some help from quarterback Christian Ponder in order to get the Vikings into the playoffs.
Throughout most of the season, Peterson didn't get that help. In his second NFL season, Ponder mostly struggled...
The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Christian
Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield as questionable to play today during the
team’s rematch against the Green Bay Packers, reports Josh Alper of Pro
Quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine
Winfield have both been given the 50/50 designation by the team on Friday.
Ponder has been limited...
The Minnesota Vikings will be without starting quarterback
Christian Ponder for Saturday night's first-round playoff game at
The Vikings task tonight recently got just a little bit more difficult. According to Al Michaels, reporting during a break in the early game between the Bengals and the Texans, indicated that Ponder tried out his arm before the game before the team declared him inactive. Joe will be the Vikings' starter.
The most glaring difference between Webb and Ponder is that Webb is...
Green Bay Packers fans are rejoicing today, because Vikings starting QB Christian Ponder, better known as the husband of ESPN reporter Samantha Steele, well it’s Samantha Ponder now, is unavailable. Multiple sources say Joe Webb will start at quarterback. Yikes for Minnesota Vikings fans.
Ponder is bad enough himself, and the Vikes have no receivers. Now they’re stuck with Webb...
Green Bay lost the season finale in Minnesota to the Vikings on December 30th, splitting the season series against their division rival Vikings, with each team winning their home game.
The big question in this game is: can Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder do enough for the Vikings to win? The big names on offense for these two teams may be Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers,...
The Packers prepped all week for the wrong quarterback – not that they knew. With Christian Ponder a late scratch, Joe Webb gave the Vikings little chance of leading an upset in the first round of the playoffs.
For analysis on Minnesota click here
For analysis on Green Bay click here
The Vikings beat the Packers just last week so they will definitely hang within 8 of the Packers this week right? Well, that seems to be what everything thinks as the public is all over the Vikings. However, as is frequently the case when the public likes a dog, I expect them to be wrong. The Vikings are a...
Adrian Peterson was shut down and Christian Ponder sidelined.
That left the Minnesota Vikings short-handed, overmatched and barely able to do much of anything against the Green Bay Packers.
Peterson was held to 99 yards, after gaining 199 and 210 in the first two games against Green Bay, and Joe Webb struggled in place of Ponder as the Packers rolled to a 24-10 victory over the...
The Minnesota Vikings will play against the Green Bay Packers this Saturday in the opening round of the NFC playoffs. NBC will carry this game which has a 8 pm EST kickoff from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
These two teams met last Sunday in that game the Vikings upended the Packers to earn a playoff birth. The Packers lost out on a first round bye with that loss but will host...
The Minnesota Vikings have an uphill climb to say the least tonight traveling up to the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field even more so now that Joe Webb was named the starting quarterback tonight despite never throwing a single pass the entire season. Christian Ponder is suffering from elbow bursitis and has been deemed inactive [...]The post Keys to Victory for the Minnesota Vikings...
The NFL Wildcard game at Lambeau Field last evening between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings unfolded a bit differently than expected. The outcome was the same: a victory, as most had predicted, including yours truly, by a final score of 24-10. But how it all played out was...different.Ponder out, Webb inFirst, and to the surprise of many, ViQueens QB Christian Ponder...