Saturday, January 5, 2013
Christian Ponder update: bursitis
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Based on what I can see on social media, many of you have been whipped into a frenzy by discussion of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's sore right elbow. Before heading over to Lambeau Field, I just wanted to reiterate that we have no evidence that Ponder will miss Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
Here's what we do know: As we discussed Friday night, Ponder's injury is worse than your basic bump and bruise. In fact, Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reported Ponder has bursitis, an injury that Ponder dealt with while in college at Florida State which can lead to fluid buildup and reduced flexibility.
I haven't been able to find anyone connected with the Vikings who thinks Ponder won't start the game. I can't rule out that possibility, however, and FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer reported that the Vikings' three quarterbacks -- Ponder, Joe Webb and McCleod Bethel-Thompson -- will head to Lambeau Field early to make a final determination.
This story sneaked up on us mostly because the injury didn't subside over the course of the week, as everyone seemed to expect it to. I'll be at Lambeau Field soon and will report whatever I find out. But again, it would be a quick turn of events if the injury prevents Ponder from starting.