Found January 06, 2013 on
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier reported Sunday that although Christian Ponder was able to finish the regular-season finale against the Packers, when the quarterback came into Winter Park last Monday, his biceps muscle was swollen and discolored and he had hardly any range of motion.
Frazier said the condition of Ponder's injury -- which kept the quarterback out of Saturday's 24-10 playoff loss at Green Bay after he started every game for the Vikings this season -- got better as the week went on, but not to the point where he could go out and throw a ball in an NFL game.
"We had an idea, just watching him and seeing his progress, and we were all hoping that at least by Friday or Saturday it would loosen up a little bit more, but it really didn't happen," Frazier said.
Frazier added that he was encouraged by the play of backup Joe Webb on the first drive, when the team moved the ball on the ground and scored on a field goal, but then things slowed down.
"We had some things going there in that first drive and we just couldn't put enough together over the course of the game to offset some of the things that they were doing," he said.
Frazier also said it was tough for Webb to get comfortable over the course of the game, but that is something a second-string quarterback has to be ready for.
"That's life for a backup," Frazier said. "You don't get a lot of game repetitions so, you have to get it in practice, and he was put in a tough spot. He battled but just couldn't make enough plays for us to get over the hump."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
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...
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...
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier endorsed Christian Ponder as the team’s starter in 2013, reiterating the confidence Ponder expressed in himself one day earlier.
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...
The Minnesota Vikings will be without starting quarterback
Christian Ponder for Saturday night's first-round playoff game at
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...
Once again, Leslie Frazier's support of quarterback Christian Ponder was unwavering.
"He's our starter," the Vikings head coach said today during his final press conference of the 2013 season.
As for the team's plans for No. 2 QB Joe Webb and No. 3 QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, well, the support from the top of the Purple coaching tree was polite, but far...
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 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 Green Bay Packers knew Lambeau Field would treat them well.And the Minnesota Vikings probably had a feeling that playing the Packers for the second time in two weeks would be tougher to win than the previous week's win in Minneapolis.Beating a team in the NFL two weeks in a row is difficult. Beating a division team two weeks in a row is even tougher.Beating a division team...
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...
Theres been a lot of talk in recent weeks that Vikings WR Percy Harvin could be moved during the offseason given that hes reportedly had multiple conflicts with head coach Leslie Frazier. Harvin is obviously looking for a long-term contract extension, considering that he will be entering the final year of his rookie deal next season.
Despite these issues, Frazier expects...