MRI confirms Ponder shoulder injury
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said an MRI on Christian Ponder's dislocated left shoulder revealed "no surprises," and Ponder's availability for the club's Nov. 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks will depend solely on how quickly the quarterback heals.
Ponder dislocated his shoulder on a 13-yard run in the Vikings' 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. On the play, which was initially ruled a touchdown, Ponder got hit from his right and his left arm hit the ground as he stretched for the pylon. He came off the field holding his left arm and went to the locker room after a quick conversation with the Vikings' medical staff about whether he could go back into the game.
Frazier said the fact the injury is to Ponder's non-throwing shoulder means he might be able to return in time for the Seahawks game.
"It's more now about how he heals up," Frazier said. "They've run the tests this morning. We know exactly what's going on. Now it's a matter of how fast he heals and how much strength he gains back in the next few days."
Ponder had his best game of the season against Washington, completing 17 of his 21 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Matt Cassel replaced him Thursday night, but Frazier has said Cassel is not with Ponder and Josh Freeman in the race to start.
If Ponder is unable to go when the Vikings get back to work next week, Frazier said the team would make a determination on its quarterbacks then.