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Ponder back at practice, should start Sunday

Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:22 pm
C. Ponder plans not to miss any games after suffering a concussion (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Though Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has gone on record saying he was thinking about whether he should look at Joe Webb as the quarterback of the future, that future apparently won’t begin this week.

That’s because rookie Christian Ponder, the old quarterback of the future who suffered a concussion last Sunday, returned to Minnesota practice today and likely will make the team’s season-ending start.

"I feel good today," Ponder said Wednesday, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I had a slight headache Saturday night. But by Sunday and Monday I was feeling fine. I saw the neurologist yesterday and he cleared everything. And I passed all my baseline tests. I guess I actually scored higher on my baseline tests. So maybe I got some sense knocked into me."

Ponder probably is itching to return as soon as possible, because after he was knocked out of the game last Sunday, Webb threw two touchdown passes and gained 118 total yards while nearly coming back to beat the Lions after falling behind by 17 points. Webb also performed well earlier this season when he replaced an ineffective Ponder and breathed life into a bad Vikings squad.

Which led Vikings receiver Percy Harvin to say this: "Magic. He's gifted, man. He's one of the gifted players that you can't describe. You can't practice it. Not too many teams got quarterbacks that can do what he does."

And it led Frazier to say this: "Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it. It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team.”

Ponder, meanwhile, has completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 1,825 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and his 72.4 passer rating ranks 29th among starting quarterbacks. He’s no Blaine Gabbert, but he’s also no Cam Newton or Andy Dalton.

Ponder hopes to improve on those numbers this week and end the season on a positive season, especially if he has to battle with Webb next year for the right to be team’s starting quarterback for the year quarterback of the future.

“Especially for me personally, I want to finish strong and have some momentum going into the offseason," he said. "Obviously looking back on the games I've played in, we've got a lot of film to show me that I have a lot of things to work on and get better at. But it'd be great to finish on a positive note. And especially for this team, to finish with two wins going into the offseason, I don't think people realize how big of a springboard that is."

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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:30 am

Ponder back at practice, should start Sunday

Joe Webb is better than Ponder. Leslie Frazier is a bad coach. Jared Allen is a hall of famer. The vikings gm makes bad decisions quite often.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:50 pm

Ponder back at practice, should start Sunday

This writer needs to do some reserch  & proof reading his "facts" before putting anything on the internet !   Ponder was knocked out last week against the Washington Redskins and Webb came in for a Benched ponder 2 weeks ago against the Detroit Lions ! please do some reading on past games before making a fool of one's self !

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:55 pm

Ponder back at practice, should start Sunday

its not like, well nowthat he is starting we will win the game. if you only won two games, the guy that comes in can do that good. seems like minnesata went from being one of the most prolific offenses to wiinning 2 games real faat,

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