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NFL | Jordan Matthews worked with Christian Ponder

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:11:49 -0800

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews worked with Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Vikings | Leaning on Norv Turner to evaluate QB options

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:08:21 -0800

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings will rely on offensive coordinator Norv Turner to help evaluate their options at quarterback for the upcoming season. Minnesota would like to have a veteran quarterback and a young passer, in addition to QB Christian Ponder.

Fantasy Tip: It is anyone's guess who starts the season for Minnesota this year, but their quarterback position doesn't figure to offer much in the way of fantasy value, regardless of who is running the ship.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder will return

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:13:08 -0800

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said QB Christian Ponder will return in 2014, but the team still plans on addressing the quarterback position in the offseason.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder has chance to win starting job

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:42:00 -0800

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said QB Christian Ponder will be given a legitimate shot to win the starting quarterback job. "I've been impressed with Christian and the things he does in terms of his movement," Turner said. "He moves extremely well on the run. He's made a lot of big plays. The starting point with any quarterback to me is eliminating those (bad) plays. That would be one of our starting points." Ponder is currently the only quarterback the Vikings have under contract.

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Vikings | Matt Cassel can void deal in February

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:00:15 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel can void the remaining year of his deal in February. Only QB Christian Ponder is under team control for 2014.

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Vikings | May look to move Christian Ponder

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:59:44 -0800

The Minnesota Vikings may look to trade QB Christian Ponder for a late-round draft choice this offseason. The new head coach will determine Ponder's status with the team.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder cleared

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:54:13 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared, according to head coach Leslie Fraizer. There has been no determination on who will start in Week 15.

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Vikings | Week 14 Inactives

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:33:35 -0800

The Minnesota Vikings have declared DL Chase Baker, QB Christian Ponder, OG Jeff Baca, CB Josh Robinson, TE Kyle Rudolph, OT Mike Remmers, WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 14.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder to miss Week 14

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:10:44 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.

Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' starting quarterback this week. Owners likely have a better option to use over Cassel.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder does not practice

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:56:42 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder won't practice

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:14:28 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has yet to pass the concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Fantasy Tip: Ponder is probably a long shot to return and play in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Cassel will likely start with Josh Freeman as the backup. Only run with Cassel in your starting lineup if you're desperate in leagues that start two QBs.

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Vikings | Matt Cassel likely to start

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:35:52 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) still isn't cleared to practice, and QB Matt Cassel is likely to start in Week 14.

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Vikings | Starting QB undecided

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:08:37 -0800

The Minnesota Vikings are undecided who will start at quarterback in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens as they await word on whether QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be healthy enough to play. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears and threw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an overtime victory. If Ponder isn't cleared to start practicing early in the week, the team could be influenced to go in another direction.

Fantasy Tip: Cassel seems to have a pretty good shot of playing against the Ravens if Ponder isn't ready in time. Both Cassel and Ponder should only be considered if you're playing in a league that requires you to start two QBs.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder to be evaluated

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:43:01 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be evaluated through the rest of the week as he goes through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Leslie Frazier.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder has concussion

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:19:01 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) left the team's Week 13 game in the second quarter with a concussion, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the game and led the team to an overtime win by throwing for 243 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will be in consideration for the start next weekend if he's healthy.

Fantasy Tip: Prepare to go with backup options if you were relying on Ponder in a league that starts two quarterbacks. He'll have to pass the league-mandated concussion tests this week in order to be cleared to play.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder won't return

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:49:01 -0800

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (head) will not return to the Week 13 game.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder exits

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:26:43 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (head) left the Week 13 game Sunday, Dec. 1, to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder probable

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:33:04 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for Week 12.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder practices in full

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:48 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 21.

Fantasy Tip: Ponder is a weak bench option this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Only put him in your lineup if you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder fully practices

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:11:16 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder receives another start

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:43:18 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 12. Frazier said QB Matt Cassel likely will be the No. 2 quarterback, but QB Josh Freeman could also be active for the game.

Fantasy Tip: The Green Bay Packers present a better opportunity for Ponder to succeed, and he's familiar with them, but it's still best to stay away from him unless you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Adrian Peterson backs Christian Ponder

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:06:44 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson defended QB Christian Ponder after he threw two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 11 loss. "You can't base it off of last game," Peterson said. "I think he responded well when he came back and helped us get a win against Washington. He went out in that game with a dislocated shoulder, and I'm on the sideline like, 'Hey man, shoot, pop it in and get back in there.' Guys were trying to get him back in there. It's one of those things like when you're doing good everyone is with you, and when you're doing bad they're against you. That's just how it goes, unfortunately."

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Vikings | HC mum on Week 12 quarterback

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:00:34 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was non-committal when asked Sunday, Nov. 17, who his Week 12 quarterback would be against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder was terrible in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, so QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman could get another chance.

Fantasy Tip: This is a situation to avoid in all scenarios.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder expected to start

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:40:15 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is expected to start in the team's Week 11 game.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder probable

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:58:16 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, and he's been taking first-team repetitions in practice all week. However, the team won't make a final decision on him until he goes through a walk-through Saturday, Nov. 16. "The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects."

Fantasy Tip: Ponder shouldn't be a starting option for fantasy football owners. However, it should mean more good things for the value of John Carlson.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder expected to start

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:30:52 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he expects QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) to start Week 11 unless he suffers a setback before the game.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder limited

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:21:19 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder taking first-team snaps

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:18:44 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, and expects to play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Leslie Frazier is still unsure if Ponder will start, and he said QB Josh Freeman is a candidate to start if Ponder can't go. "Ponder looked good," said WR Greg Jennings. "He practiced and (was) getting the game plan in and making some throws."

Fantasy Tip: Ponder shouldn't be in any starting lineups this weekend against a ferocious Seahawks defense.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Vikings | Christian Ponder wearing harness

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:50:48 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is wearing a harness on his left shoulder, but expects he will play in the team's Week 11 game.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder limited in practice

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:13:10 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder improving

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:42:38 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) said his dislocated left shoulder is feeling better, and he expects to return to play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. "The thing with this injury is, it's not really going to hinder anything," he said. "It's not hindering my throwing motion or anything. It's just going to be taking a hit or something, and we don't have fear that it's going to get worse. It's just being able to handle the pain, and if I can do it, then I'll play." An MRI exam showed that he has no further damage to his arm. Head coach Leslie Frazier wants to see how Ponder performs in practice this week before naming a starter.

Fantasy Tip: Ponder looked the best he has all season before he was hurt in Week 10. Even if he returns this weekend, you should stay away from him, especially while going up against the formidable Seahawks.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Christian Ponder hopes to play

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:05:49 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) said he hopes to be able to play Week 11, and his status will be determined by how he will be able to handle the pain in his shoulder.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder's injury not serious

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:18:54 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's (shoulder) dislocated left shoulder is of the very minor variety, and sources are saying that it's possible he could return to start in Week 11.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder will need to practice before playing

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:28:13 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he would like to see QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) practice by Thursday, Nov. 14, or Friday, Nov. 15, if he wants a chance to start Week 11.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder undergoes MRI

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:27:36 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) underwent an MRI which revealed a dislocated shoulder but did not show any other issues. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will not need to undergo any more tests.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder plans to be ready

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:44:51 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) thinks he can be ready to return in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks after dislocating his left shoulder in the team's Week 10 game Thursday, Nov. 7. "My expectations are, I'm going to be back next week," Ponder said. "We've got a great athletic training staff. They're going to do me right. I'm going to do everything I can to be back next Sunday."

Fantasy Tip: That's an optimistic view, but the Vikes will have a long week ahead in order to get Ponder ready. It remains to be seen if that'll happen. Ponder was in the midst of his best game this year, though, so if he somehow is ready to return, it wouldn't be surprise if Minnesota stuck with him. Against the Seahawks, though, whoever is starting for the Vikings shouldn't be an option for your starting QB spot.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Vikings | Christian Ponder update

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:19:40 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) has a dislocated left shoulder. The team isn't sure how long he'll miss.

Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel and not Josh Freeman replaced him in the game. It'll be interesting to see who they choose to go with.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder injured

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:51:37 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) left the team's Week 10 game because of a left shoulder injury and will not return.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder has no long-term guarantees

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:37:32 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will be given another start in Week 11 if he wins the team's Week 10 matchup against the Washington Redskins. However, he has no guarantee of holding the starting job for the remainder of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Ponder is a very weak backup QB option, and he's best left to the waiver wire given his shaky hold on the QB job in Minnesota.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder to start

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:48:51 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 10.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder to start

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:19:24 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will start in Week 10.

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Vikings | Christian Ponder named starting quarterback

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:48:35 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings named QB Christian Ponder as the starting quarterback in the team's Week 9 game.

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Vikings | Teammate supports Christian Ponder as starter

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:26:40 -0700

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan is supporting QB Christian Ponder as the team's starter, and he thinks he should receive a second straight start against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. "(Ponder) prepared really hard and he went out there and laid it all on the line," Sullivan said. "You know, you see that last run that he made when things were getting out of reach (a 19-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter against the Packers on Sunday) and he's still out there fighting until the end. I mean, that's not my decision. But I'd love to see him stay back there, of course."

Fantasy Tip: Leslie Frazier is keeping everyone in the dark about who the starting quarterback will be against Dallas this weekend. It's between Ponder and Josh Freeman. Neither guy should be in your starting lineup, however, if they get the nod.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Sid Hartman

Vikings | Christian Ponder sensing the end?

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:39:14 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder has reportedly put his Tonka Bay, Minn., home up for sale.

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Vikings | Back to Josh Freeman at QB?

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:55:29 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have not announced a starting quarterback for Week 9, but ESPN's Ed Werder expects that the team will turn to QB Josh Freeman (concussion) again after QB Christian Ponder was unimpressive in place of Freeman in Week 8.

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Vikings | No decision on starting QB

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:43:00 -0700

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has not made a decision on who will start at quarterback between QBs Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Tip: Don't expect Frazier to make a decision until the end of the week, and it'll likely depend on whether the team trusts Freeman after coming off his concussion. Either way, neither QB is trustworthy as a fantasy starter.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Vikings | Unsure on starting QB

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:53:31 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings are unsure who their starting quarterback will be in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys, but it will not be QB Matt Cassel, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. QB Christian Ponder went 14-for-21 for just 145 yards in the team's Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers a week after QB Josh Freeman (concussion) had an embarrassing debut. "I don't want to discount Matt," Frazier said. "But Christian did some good things in that ballgame yesterday. There are some things he can obviously do better, but it has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past." Freeman was able to run over the weekend without concussions symptoms for the first time since being hurt in Week 7.

Fantasy Tip: The decision will probably come down to how healthy Freeman is and if he's cleared from his concussion. Either way, Ponder and Freeman are only desperation options for those in leagues that start two QBs.

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Vikings | Not thinking about QB change

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:12:47 -0700

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said at halftime of the Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers that he isn't considering a change from QB Christian Ponder in the second half.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NBC Sports - Michele Tafoya

Vikings | Josh Freeman cleared

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:28:31 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman (concussion) was cleared to return to practice Friday, Oct. 25, and head coach Leslie Frazier said Freeman will return to full practice next week. It's likely that Freeman will receive another chance to start after his unsuccessful debut in Week 7. "Looking back, maybe I was a little too fired up at first," he said. "There's definitely a lot of correctable things, things that going into the game I would've banked on me being able to complete or get done on the field, but at the same time we weren't able to do so, so I'm moving forward and just got to find a way to be better prepared." Frazier said he saw some mechanical issues that Freeman can correct.

Fantasy Tip: Whether Freeman starts in Week 9 will likely be determined by how well Christian Ponder plays this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Stay tuned.

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Vikings | Josh Freeman to be inactive

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:49 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman (concussion) has cleared part of the league's protocol for concussions, but he will be inactive in Week 8, with QB Christian Ponder getting the starting nod against the Green Bay Packers. Ponder tossed three touchdowns against the Packers last season.

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