Christian Ponder To Start Sunday For Vikings

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Tom Dahlin/ Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) —  The Minnesota Vikings will start Christian Ponder at quarterback for Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Friday.

Josh Freeman started last week’s game against the New York Giants, but he suffered a concussion in the loss and is forced to sit out this week.

“I think it’s true to say that I was frustrated and down, but I didn’t let that affect me,” Ponder said. “I know this is an opportunity to step back and improve on some things and I did. It’s got to translate out to the field, though. I’m excited.”

The Vikings drafted Ponder in the first round of the 2011 draft.  He took over as the starting quarterback seven games into his rookie season and held the job until suffering a fractured rib on Sept 22. of this year against the Cleveland Browns.  He passed for 691 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions before the injury.

Matt Cassel will serve as Ponder’s backup while Freeman recovers.

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