Christian Ponder on track to play
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder continues to recover from the dislocated left shoulder he suffered Nov. 7 against the Washington Redskins, and barring an unforeseen setback, he will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Leslie Frazier said Friday.
Ponder has been taking first-team snaps all week in practice and has said he expects to play in Seattle. The Vikings won't make a decision until seeing how Ponder, listed as probable on the injury report, looks in a Saturday walk-through, Frazier said.
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"The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good," Frazier said. "Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects."
If Ponder starts, he would get a chance to rebound from a dismal performance last season in Seattle, when he completed 11 of 22 passes for just 63 yards and an interception. He reviewed film of that game in preparation for this week's matchup, he said, and Ponder's diagnosis was, "I honestly sucked."
"There was a lot to improve on -- missed throws, missed reads, getting out of the pocket early and stuff," Ponder said. "It's an opportunity to play a lot better than I did last year."
The good news for Ponder is he's coming off one of his better performances as a pro. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the win over the Redskins before injuring his shoulder while trying to stretch a 13-yard run into a touchdown.
"We were converting on third downs. It helped me get into a rhythm," Ponder said. "We were getting the ball out fast and trying to get the ball downfield. I was making decisions quickly, going through the reads quickly, which was good. I'm looking forward to doing that again this week."
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