Christian Ponder RUMORS & NEWS

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Vikings will start QB Christian Ponder tonight vs #Packers, source says. Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive

  • Ponder now backup, ready if needed

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "We might not have seen the last of Christian Ponder just yet. With Matt Cassel hurt and Teddy Bridgewater elevated to starting quarterback, Ponder — the 2011 first-round pick whose time with the Vikings appeared to have passed — will enter this week as Bridgewater’s backup after spending the..." September 23

  • Vikings' Christian Ponder says he's no audition for other teams

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Ten miles from the Grand Ole Opry, Christian Ponder wants to put on a show of his own Thursday night in Tennessee. But he insists he doesn't consider it an audition. Ponder, the Vikings' third-string quarterback after being the primary starter the previous three seasons, expects to play a..." August 27

  • Ponder not written off by Vikings coaching staff

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater still competing for the starting quarterback spot, Christian Ponder — the Vikings’ former QB of the future turned first-string clipboard-holder — didn’t even get a brief cameo in Saturday night’s 30-28 preseason victory over Arizona. But that doesn’t mean..." August 20

  • Christian Ponder on role as No. 3 QB: 'I understand what my spot is'

    CBSSports.com "It wasn't surprising when the Vikings chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder's rookie contract. And it was even less surprising when the team traded into the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater. Now nearly two weeks into training camp, and days after..." August 06

  • Ponder names newborn daughter after ex-Florida State coach Bowden

    Fox Sports North "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder found an interesting way to honor one of his former coaches -- he named his baby daughter after him. Christian and Samantha Ponder decided to name their newborn Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder. The first name comes from the quarterback's college coach..." July 22

  • Ponder views QB job an open competition

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A lot of eyes will be on quarterback Christian Ponder as the Vikings open their first of three organized workouts this week. Most media members and Vikings fans are of the opinion that Matt Cassel has the position locked up, and some are confident Ponder, the former first-round draft choice from..." May 29

  • Vikings are not going to pick up Christian Ponder's fifth-year option

    ESPN.com "Christian Ponder is still on the Minnesota Vikings' roster, working out at the team's voluntary minicamp this week in the same No. 7 jersey he has worn for the past three seasons. But in many ways, he is more on the periphery of the team's plans than he has been since the Vikings drafted him 12th..." May 01

  • Rick Spielman: Christian Ponder “will be here” next season

    Pro Football Talk "Matt Cassel opted out of his contract with the Vikings and Josh Freeman hits free agency next month after his run on the Minnesota bench, which leaves Christian Ponder as the only quarterback with a contract to play for the Vikings next season. General Manager Rick Spielman said Friday that..." February 15

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    Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

    Vikings HC Leslie Frazier says if QB Christian Ponder (concussion) doesn't play, Matt Cassel will "probably" start. Ponder evaluated today.

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    Access Vikings @AccessVikings

    More than likely Cassel will start at QB, Frazier says; Ponder hasn't cleared concussion tests.

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    Jeff Zrebiec @jeffzrebiecsun

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder knocked out of today's game with concussion. #Ravens host Vikings next Sunday.

  • 392d
    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Frazier press conference starting. Ponder is starter

  • 395d
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder is expected to start today vs. Seattle.

  • 397d
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder said today he believes he will be healthy enough to start Sunday vs. Seattle.

  • Ponder optimistic he will play Sunday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Quarterback Christian Ponder remains optimistic that he will play Sunday against Seattle after suffering a dislocated left shoulder last week. Ponder was limited in practice on Wednesday but he's encouraged by the progress he's made this week. "Honestly it's a lot better than I expected to..." November 15

  • Ponder practices, appears ready for Sunday

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Christian Ponder returned to practice Wednesday and appears in line to start Sunday in Seattle. The Vikings quarterback, who suffered a dislocated shoulder last Thursday against Washington, took most of the practice snaps with the first team. Though he was unavailble to the media after..." November 14

  • Ponder has minor shoulder injury, could play Week 11

    NFL.com "After dislocating his left shoulder in the Minnesota Vikings' 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins, Christian Ponder made it clear that he still expected to play through the injury in Week 11 at Seattle. As it turns out, Ponder's outlook wasn't overly optimistic. NFL Media Insider Ian..." November 09

  • 404d
    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Christian Ponder had a 95.0 QBR on Thursday night. That's the highest of his career.

  • 404d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    On Christian Ponder: Sources tell me his left shoulder dislocation is considered minor. Very possible he starts next week. Will know by Wed

  • Vikings beat Skins 34-27, Ponder injured late

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Go figure. In one frenetic stretch Thursday night, Christian Ponder looked like the cool-under-pressure quarterback the Vikings have desperately wanted since drafting him 12th overall in 2011. He made critical plays with his arm and feet. He didn’t look skittish when the pocket collapsed. And..." November 08

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Frazier said ponder has dislocated left shoulder. Not sure when he'll return

  • Ponder will start again after uneven game

    ESPN.com "It appears the Minnesota Vikings will have the same quarterback for the third straight game for just the second time this year when they face the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. And both times the Vikings have had that much consistency at quarterback, the starter has been Christian Ponder...." November 04

  • Christian Ponder starts on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have now had nearly a month with quarterback Josh Freeman. And he’s not their starting quarterback. Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Friday that Christian Ponder will start Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. It’ll be Ponder’s second straight start after he was benched first for..." November 01

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Christian Ponder continued to take the first reps in individual drills today.

  • Freeman has a concussion, Vikings may turn back to Ponder

    Pro Football Talk "The news at quarterback for the Vikings isn’t getting any better. Josh Freeman who had a bad outing in starting his first game with the Vikings on Monday night has suffered a concussion and may not be able to play this week against Green Bay. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed today that..." October 23

  • Christian Ponder: 'I have to figure out what's best for me'

    CBSSports.com "Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder went from clear-cut starter to unquestionably benched over a two-game stretch in which he didn't take the field once. Injured prior to Week 4's matchup with the Steelers Ponder gave way to backup Matt Cassel even though coach Leslie Frazier made it clear that..." October 17

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder who fractured his rib has been cleared to play but Matt Cassel is Minnesota’s likely starter vs. Carolina.

  • Vikings sign Josh Freeman to one-year deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings quarterback situation just became a lot more interesting. And crowded. The team signed free agent Josh Freeman to a one-year deal reportedly worth $3 million late Sunday night which presumably means Christian Ponder’s tenure is almost over. Freeman must learn the Vikings offense..." October 07

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Frazier said cassel or ponder will start Sunday

  • 440d
    Judd Zulgad @1500ESPNJudd

    I'm guessing that with Christian Ponder having a fractured rib near his heart he will be out because of injury for three to four games.

  • 442d
    Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

    #Vikings' Frazier says Ponder is "still injured" but is still "our starting quarterback."

  • Frazier: "Our quarterback is Christian Ponder"

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "It was unknown whether sitting quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) would improve a stymied passing attack but backup quarterback Matt Cassel's command was one of many reasons the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers' late-game comeback to hold on for the 34-27 win on Sunday in..." September 30

  • Ponder is week-to-week with rib injury

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder won’t play this week with a rib injury. Moving forward it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to go. Per a league source the injury (which reportedly entails a fracture) leaves Ponder as a week-to-week proposition. The Vikings are off next week which means..." September 27

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Matt Cassel will officially start; Frazier says Ponder has a fractured rib. MBT will be backup.

  • Vikings hope Ponder can do more in practice, Cassel does most work

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the team hopes Christian Ponder is able to do more work in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday because of his rib injury. Frazier said Ponder experienced "some soreness" on Wednesday which prevented him from doing as much work as the team had..." September 26

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    Pioneer Press @VikingsNow

    QB Christian Ponder is battling rib injury he suffered vs. Browns. Will practice Wednesday but status for Sunday vs. Steelers is uncertain

  • Report: Ponder on short leash for Vikings; could Cassel get nod?

    NFL.com "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" Fox..." September 15

  • Vikings Ponder sharp in night scrimmage

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson was barely on the field for the Vikings' evening practice at Blakeslee Stadium on Saturday. That fact alone means what the team's offense did must be put in context. But in front of 12000 fans many of whom might be worried about the strength of the team's passing game the..." August 04

  • Cassel ready to help, challenge Ponder

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings’ quarterback situation could be interesting this season with the club having a solid backup in Matt Cassel. If Christian Ponder doesn’t produce the fans will be clamoring for a change as they always do. It’s not like last season when the backup was Joe Webb who is now playing wide..." July 26

  • Cassel's arrival gives Ponder competition, Vikings insurance

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coach Leslie Frazier introduced a new drill at the Vikings’ voluntary workouts last week. It’s called two-huddle and used primarily at the college level. In the drill, the first- and second-team offenses line up near midfield. The two units run plays toward opposite end zones, one immediately..." June 11

  • Vikings bring in Jeff George as guest coach

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "In his time at the Vikings' organized team activities this week, Christian Ponder has found himself alongside one his predecessors as Vikings quarterback, who is serving as a guest coach: Jeff George. George has been with the team this week to help him see if he is interested in pursuing a..." June 06

  • Vikings' Christian Ponder faces pivotal 2013 season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings won't talk about it, but the coming season should be make-or-break for quarterback Christian Ponder. He needs to be healthy and play well, or he probably won't be the Vikings' starting QB in 2014. A lot of Ponder's status with the Vikings is contractual. As a first-round draft pick..." May 20

  • Jared Allen tells Christian Ponder: “You have to be the guy”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings defensive end Jared Allen believes that if the Vikings are going to be Super Bowl contenders, the leadership of the team has to come not from him, and not from Adrian Peterson, but from quarterback Christian Ponder. “I tell him all the time, you have to be the guy,” Allen said of Ponder..." May 03

  • Leslie Frazier: Ponder still Vikings' starter, Cassel is 'insurance'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings' signing of Matt Cassel on Thursday indicated to some Vikings fans that there might be a quarterback competition at Winter Park this summer. Not a chance, according to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. "Christian Ponder is our starting quarterback," Frazier said during an interview..." March 18

  • Cassel said he knows his place in QB pecking order

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "New Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel spoke with the local media moments ago and made it clear that he's quite clear on his role with this year's team. He's Christian Ponder's backup. Period. End of discussion. "[The Vikings] conveyed to me that Christian obviously had a great year last..." March 17

  • Now a Viking, Jennings eager to work on chemistry with Ponder

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Never fear. There’s always a Packers star willing to come here. In 2006, the Vikings were desperate for a kicker. Enter Ryan Longwell, Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer. In 2009, the Vikings were even more desperate at quarterback. Hello, Brett Favre. Friday morning, the Vikings had four..." March 16

  • Vikings appear to be fully behind Christian Ponder

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As Christian Ponder discussed his offseason, his relationship with Percy Harvin and his future as the Vikings quarterback on Tuesday night, at the end of a two-day period where the receiver was traded and introduced in Seattle, it became clear to me just how firmly in Ponder’s corner the Vikings..." March 13

  • Sources: Percy Harvin's lack of confidence in Christian Ponder was final straw for Vikings

    Yahoo! Sports "Percy Harvin wanted two things this offseason: Money and a better quarterback. On Monday, Harvin got closer to both when the Minnesota Vikings reportedly dealt him to the Seattle Seahawks for three draft picks. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Vikings get a first- and seventh-round..." March 11

  • Percy Harvin Doesn't Hate Christian Ponder

    Daily Norseman "Over the weekend, word came out that Percy Harvin's frustrations with the Minnesota Vikings stemmed not from his contract, but were rooted in the "scope of the passing game," according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports. Given the struggles of quarterback Christian Ponder this past season, one..." February 18