Ponder Expects To Start For Vikings On Sunday

Vikings v Green Bay -DSC_1437- 12:30:12Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says that he expects to start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in London despite a rib injury.

Ponder was injured early in last Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns, but after a practice in London on Wednesday he said he was confident that he will be able to play this weekend.

”It’s a little sore and it’s going to be something I will have to work through but I threw more than I thought I would be able to,” Ponder said. ”We’ll wait to see how this week plays out, but my expectation and my hope is that I will be playing.”

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday’s practice would ”be a big signal in what direction we’ll have to go,” with a decision expected by Friday.

Backup quarterback Matt Cassell also took snaps on Wednesday, and he is ready to step in if Ponder is unavailable to play.

Ponder has been under pressure since the loss to the Browns dropped the Vikings to 0-3. The third-year quarterback has thrown five interceptions and two touchdowns for a 65.9 passing rating, and has also lost two fumbles.

If Ponder does start surely Frazier will have him on a short lease. Despite having the best running back in the planet, the Vikings offense has bern awful this season and that is down to the quarterback.

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