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Wed, 01 May 2013 08:08:11 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) had an MRI on his elbow after the bone bruise flared up several weeks after the season. He went to the emergency room fearing it was a blood clot. He said it's fine now, though.
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:00:26 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder remains the unquestioned starter entering his third NFL season. However, if he goes into a protracted slump like last season, the coaching staff could be inclined to take a look at QB Matt Cassel, who will make $3.7 million this season even if he doesn't take a snap. Cassel fits the system of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave better than QB Joe Webb, who is expected to serve as the third QB.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:57:18 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said he would like to see WR Greg Jennings travel to Arizona to get some work in during the offseason.
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:47:12 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel said he understands that he will be the No. 2 quarterback and that QB Christian Ponder will be the team's starting quarterback. "They said they're looking to bring somebody in with experience who could come in and basically be somebody who can step in if need be. The fact of the matter is, again, Christian is the starting quarterback. I think we'll have a great [meeting] room. I'm there to add value. I'm there to help him out in whatever capacity that is, and go from there," Cassel said.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:08:07 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings was cordial when speaking about his new QB Christian Ponder Friday, March 15. "You could see on film (Ponder) didn't have a lot of options to throw to," Jennings said. He said he didn't mean any disrespect.
Fantasy Tip: It's a nice idea to be instantly sympatico with your new quarterback, but at the same time the remaining wideouts and tight end targets from last season might not be too keen being called out by their newest teammate. Still, Jennings has to really only make nice with one guy, and he did. He should be a serviceable WR2 in 2013.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:53:47 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to compete with QB Christian Ponder for the starting quarterback job next season.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:14:23 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings finished the regular season 31st in passing offense, posting 171.9 net yards per game, down from 28th in 2011. The biggest difference was a slip in red-zone touchdown rate, going from ninth in the NFL, to 18th with a 53.8 percent conversion rate. The Vikings also dropped in third-down conversion rate from 14th in the league, to 19th with a 37.1 percent success rate. Despite those numbers, QB Christian Ponder improved in nearly every statistical category, although his performance was uneven over the course of the season.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:23:43 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for quarterbacks to compete with QB Joe Webb to the backup position for QB Christian Ponder this offseason. Free-agent QBs Derek Anderson (Panthers), Matt Moore (Dolphins), David Carr (Giants), Matt Leinart (Raiders), Byron Leftwich (Steelers), Bruce Gradkowski (Bengals), Jason Campbell (Bears) and Rex Grossman (Redskins) are options.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:11:36 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder is the team's starting quarterback moving forward; however, backup QB Joe Webb will have to compete for the No. 2 job. "(Webb will) be a guy that will compete for the No. 2 spot again next year, barring something that we may end up doing in our personnel meetings," Frazier said. "But we'll discuss Joe's position and everyone's position in our personnel meetings and then we'll make a decision what's best."
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:28:42 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier praised QB Christian Ponder for his play this year. "We're excited about his progress. The way he played down the stretch -- he was great," Frazier said.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:16:41 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) will not need surgery in the off season.
Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:06:13 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (triceps, elbow) said a deep bruise in his triceps muscle was the reason he did not pay in the Wild Card playoff game. Ponder was on the injury list because of an elbow injury but said his elbow was fine. Ponder said the injury affected his velocity as well as his arm angle.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 17:04:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Webb is the first quarterback in NFL history to start a team's playoff game without throwing one pass during the regular season. He got the nod in place of the injured QB Christian Ponder (elbow) in the Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 15:53:28 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) is inactive for the Wild Card playoff game. QB Joe Webb will start in his place.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 15:50:57 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings have declared CB Brandon Burton, QB Christian Ponder, DL D'Aundre Reed, DL George Johnson, WR Stephen Burton, OT Troy Kropog, LB Tyrone McKenzie inactive for Week 18.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 11:30:25 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) is dealing with elbow bursitis and may need the fluid in his elbow to be drained before the Wild Card playoff game. Ponder should be able to play with the injury but it may need a few weeks to fully heal.
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 15:18:57 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) is fully expected to make the start against the Green Bay Packers in the team's Wild Card game this weekend, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. However, the team may have had to alter their game plan to account for Ponder's injury, and there is a chance he could aggravate the injury.
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:53:19 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the team's Wild Card game.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:47:04 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder (elbow) was very limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 3, because of his injured elbow.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:03:39 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 2, because of a bruised elbow he suffered in Week 17. Head coach Leslie Frazier does not appear too concerned about the injury.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:22:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said the team is focused on reaching the postseason, not RB Adrian Peterson's quest for the single-season NFL rushing record. "Obviously our focus is to keep our wild card spot that we have right now and making the playoffs is our No. 1 goal," Ponder said. "But we obviously really want Adrian to get that record and we are going to keep handing the ball off to him and if he keeps doing what he's doing, especially the past eight games, then hopefully he'll achieve that record. I think it's important for him and it's important for us, for him to get that."
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:18:41 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder attempted only 17 passes and completed 11 of them for only 91 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Chicago Bears, and head coach Leslie Frazier indicated that the team's game plan has been to take as much pressure off the offense's air attack as possible. RB Adrian Peterson has been propelling the offense on his own, and Ponder has completed 12 or fewer passes in four games this year. "I don't see us being that type of team," Frazier said. "That's not the team that we went to training camp saying that we wanted to be. We want to be able to run the ball effectively, stop the run, create turnovers, play tough hard-nosed defense and win in every phase on special teams. (Sunday) we saw kind of what we've talked about."
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:17:14 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier admitted QB Christian Ponder's mechanics have been "off-kilter," but he praised his quarterback for his contributions in the team's Week 14 victory.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:44:34 -0800
When Minnesota Vikings WR Christian Ponder throws to WR Percy Harvin (ankle), his quarterback rating is 102.8; however, his overall rating is just 79.8.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:56:07 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WRs Michael Jenkins, Stephen Burton and Devin Aromashodu were targeted a total of five times in the team's Week 13 loss against the Green Bay Packers. WR Jerome Simpson finished with two catches (seven targets) for 25 yards, and WR Jarius Wright had only one catch for 13 yards. "I don't want to make it sound bad, but never in my life have I been a part of something like this," Wright said. "I don't even know how to say it." TE Kyle Rudolph led the aerial assault with six receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown, and QB Christian Ponder went 12-for-25 (48 percent completion rate) for 119 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Ponder's longest completion went for only 21 yards, and the Vikings' receivers were not able to gain much separation.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:13:38 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he would not rule out the possibility of benching QB Christian Ponder if his play is hurting the team but does not think Ponder is at that point yet. "If things get to a point where your number one (quarterback) is really costing you some situations that could preclude winning you do have to do what's best for the football team," Frazier said. "That's always the case, it's always about what's best for the team."
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:04:56 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said following Week 13 the team remains committed to QB Christian Ponder. "Christian is our quarterback," Frazier said. "We are going to do all we can to help him have a good game against Chicago and to help our team go out and get a win."
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:48:21 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the organization is confident in QB Christian Ponder and believes he is the quarterback that will take the team into the future.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:07:41 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder went 24-for-32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions.
Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:12:01 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will be without WR Percy Harvin (ankle) for the Week 10 battle against the Detroit Lions.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder was already struggling before, but now he'll be without his big-play WR against a decent Lions defense. Ponder has slipped down the QB rankings, and is now only worth using as a low-end QB2 in leagues which require two starting signal callers.
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:36:03 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings do not believe that QB Joe Webb is the long-term or short-term solution to the quarterback problem with QB Christian Ponder struggling.
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:22:57 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings have become a very one-dimensional team lately, and opponents are choking off WR Percy Harvin and TE Kyle Rudolph. QB Christian Ponder is waiting for routes to open up down the field and it's not happening. Once the Vikings fall behind, they are forced to abandon their running game and their best weapon, RB Adrian Peterson. "Outside of Percy, I don't consider any of those guys really threats. Obviously, I really like Rudolph, but he's not a stretch-you-down-the-field type of guy. I'm not a huge Jerome Simpson fan. I thought as long as we could get them to throw, we'll be all right," said a scout. As a result, Ponder has seemed more hesitant to take chances down the field.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:15:47 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he does not believe QB Christian Ponder's (knee) sore knee affected his accuracy in Week 9.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:37:03 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he has not thought about pulling QB Christian Ponder as the starter. "I really haven't thought about pulling him for a game and taking him out for a series or anything like that," Frazier said.
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 19:48:46 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 11 of his 22 pass attempts for just 63 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. Ponder also ran five times for 23 yards. "I don't necessarily think that Christian is the problem. We've got to look at what we're doing and what people are doing against us as well," head coach Leslie Frazier said.
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:14:07 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 2, and is listed as probable.
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:32:08 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 1.
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:14:07 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:45:44 -0700
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had two receptions for 17 yards in Week 8; however, he was essentially a non-factor other than a 12-yard reception on a third-down play in which he was covered by Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Michael Bennett. QB Christian Ponder didn't throw Rudolph's way again until a quick out for five yards on the final drive as the Buccaneers used safeties to match up when Rudolph was detached from formation and ran linebackers underneath him in zone. Ponder appears to be increasingly skittish about throwing Rudolph the ball when he's covered.
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:34:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8.
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:06:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:05:36 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee), RB Matt Asiata (knee), DT Fred Evans (knee), LB Marvin Mitchell (calf) and S Robert Blanton (hamstring) fully participated in practice Monday, Oct. 22. However, the team didn't practice Monday, so the injury designation was an estimation.
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:45:01 -0700
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen (groin), S Robert Blanton (hamstring), QB Christian Ponder (knee), WR Jerome Simpson (back) and CB Antoine Winfield (knee) are probable for Week 7. Winfield was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 19, while the others practiced in full.
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:55:56 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) and WR Jerome Simpson (back) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 18.
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:49:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:59:17 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said a mechanical flaw has been to blame for his four interceptions in the last two games. He has a bad habit of staying put once he's dropped back into the pocket, and his flat-footed throws have gotten him in trouble recently. "I was hitching up, because I was looking left and then he was on the right, and I just never got my foot all the way to the right," Ponder said. "That's why I kind of dropped the ball and it sailed on me." Ponder had six passes broken up and missed 11 others in Week 11, but he still has the league's second highest completion percentage at 68.6 percent.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:42:56 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 35 of his 52 pass attempts for 352 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 6 loss against the Washington Redskins. He also had four carries for 13 yards, and he lost a fumble.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder had no interceptions through his first four games, but he has thrown a total of four picks in the past two weeks. Despite the seven turnovers in his first six games, he also has two TD passes in four of his past five games, emerging as a viable fantasy bye-week option and solid play when your primary option has a difficult matchup.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:36:13 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee), OG Charlie Johnson (back), CB Antoine Winfield (knee) and SS Andrew Sendejo (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as probable for Week 6.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:09:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 11.
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:12:14 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.