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Ponder isn’t worried about the fifth-year option

By Mike Florio

The Vikings haven’t — and surely won’t — exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder’s rookie contract. It means that he’ll be entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2014. Ponder said Thursday that he has no concern about the outcome, in part because he understands that […]

Vikings moving on without defensive tackle Christian Ballard

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Christian Ballard hasn’t been on a field with the team since the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.

Placed on the active/left-squad list a week later, Ballard hasn’t been seen around the Vikings practice facilities since. Coach Leslie Frazier said […]

Notebook: Vikings place Christian Ballard on ‘left squad’ list

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced after Sunday’s practice that defensive tackle Christian Ballard has been placed on the active-left squad list for personal reasons.

Ballard, 23, hasn’t practiced with the team since the Aug. 9 preseason game against the Houston Texans where he recorded a sack and was pulled for […]

Toby Gerhart to make most of preseason before free agency in 2014

MANKATO, Minn. — Statistically, Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart has less mileage during three NFL seasons than Adrian Peterson had during his triumphant run to winning league MVP last year.

That’s good for the Vikings, who need fresh legs to fill in for the few plays Peterson sits out in the regular season.

But […]

Zulgad: Defense has plenty of question marks as training camp nears

The Minnesota Vikings will report to training camp in Mankato on Thursday afternoon and begin practice a day later.

It’s a safe assumption that much of the focus during the team’s stay in southern Minnesota will be on Christian Ponder and the expectation/hope that the third-year quarterback will continue to show the progress he did […]