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Reports: Christian Ponder not practicing, Cassel likely to start

By akrammer@1500espn.com

According to multiple reports from London, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder did not practice early Friday and did not have his helmet with him.

Backup quarterback Matt Cassel would make his first start as a member of the Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday if Ponder can’t go from an apparent […]

Reports: Christian Ponder limited in London with rib injury

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Word from across the pond early Wednesday morning is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a rib injury in the loss to the Cleveland Browns and was limited in practice this morning.

The Vikings left for London on Monday as they are the ‘home’ team and mandated to host a bevy of […]

Failure to capitalize in all three phases keeps Vikings winless

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was given 51 seconds, one timeout and a four-point deficit to try to rectify his team’s slow start this season and give his critics something to chew on before calling him out.

Much like the previous drives, Ponder completed four passes under seven yards — failing […]

Zulgad: Vikings show lack of faith in Ponder's decision making ability

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

A lack of faith in Christian Ponder’s abilities appear to exist both inside and outside the walls of Winter Park these days.

How else do you explain the fact the Minnesota Vikings quarterback approached the line of scrimmage last Sunday facing a third-and-goal from the Chicago Bears’ 4-yard line with any decision-making abilities […]

Leslie Frazier never thought to bench Christian Ponder

By Wesseling, Chris

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder reportedly entered Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears with a “much shorter leash” than anyone realizes.

After Ponder’s first four series versus the Bears produced three punts and a pick six, his trio of second-half scoring drives kept Vikings coach Leslie Frazier off his back.

“I […]

Notebook: Christian Ponder on the run while honing his arm

By akrammer@1500espn.com

CHICAGO — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is on pace for 80 rushing attempts this season after six attempts for 18 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

For perspective, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton logged 126 and 127 rushing attempts in his first two years in the league, respectively.

“I can […]

Christian Ponder reportedly on short leash for Vikings

By Rosenthal, Gregg

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite a playoff appearance last season, Ponder can’t afford many more games like that if he wants to keep his job.

Ponder is on a “much shorter leach” than anyone realizes,” […]

Christian Ponder, Frazier exercise short-term memory, move on to Bears

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — In the wake of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s underwhelming performance in the season opening loss to the Detroit Lions, coach Leslie Frazier insisted the team is not pointing fingers.

Frazier said there’s plenty of blame to go around after allowing 469 yards to the Lions’ offense and committing […]

Ponder says ranking him 27th-best QB in league is 'rightfully so'

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder didn’t scoff at a ranking that placed him near the bottom of the league’s 32 passers.

Instead, he said ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski’s leaderboard that placed Ponder at No. 27, was right.

“The 27th ranking, probably is rightfully so with how I’ve […]

Ponder Confident Heading Into Make-Or-Break Season

By Eric Henderson

(credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Christian Ponder stepped to the podium for his first press conference of the 2013 regular season and, truth be told, kind of started to ramble.

“This is awesome. I know the whole team is excited, the whole organization is excited for this […]