Report: Christian Ponder (shoulder) could play next week

Christian Ponder dislocated his shoulder on this hit from DeAngelo Hall. (USATSI)
Christian Ponder dislocated his shoulder on this hit from DeAngelo Hall. (USATSI)

Although Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder dislocated his shoulder Thursday, leaving the game after unsuccessfully stretching out for a touchdown try, Minnesota still managed to beat the Redskins with some strong fourth-quarter defense and with Matt Cassel playing major mistake-free quarterback.

Now, it sounds like Ponder's shoulder injury might not force him to miss any time.

That, of course, would be good news to the team -- which seems to believe it's a better idea to use Ponder as the starter instead of Josh Freeman or Cassel. On Thursday, that decision seemed sound with Ponder completing 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before he was hit by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall just before the goal line.

"My expectation is to be back next week," Ponder said after the game. "We have a great training staff."

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