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No surprises in Christian Ponder's shoulder injury

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings quarterbacks Updated: November 8, 2013 - 1:43 PM

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said quarterback Christian Ponder is the only injury concern from the Vikings 37-24 win over the Redskins on Thursday.

Ponder dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the third quarter and did not return. Frazier didn’t have an update on his injury, but Ponder will get an extra few days to rest due to the long week leading up to next Sunday’s contest at Seattle. Frazier said he’d like to get Ponder on the field by Thursday or Friday in order to play against the Seahawks.

“You’d like for him to get some work with a new game plan, new style we’ll be playing against,” Frazier said.

Frazier said Ponder received an MRI on Friday and it was a standard dislocation. There weren’t any surprises from the results and Frazier doesn’t expect any more tests.

 “We know exactly what’s going on now it’s a matter of how fast he heals and how much strength he gains in the next few days,” Frazier said.

Frazier did not say who would start if Ponder couldn’t play. Ponder went 17 of 21 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He and also scrambled two times for 13 yards. The injury occurred when Ponder collided with Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall near the left pylon on a 15-yard scramble.

Matt Cassel entered in the game with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the third and the offense at the one-yard line. The Vikings outscored the Redskins 13-0 after that point and went 4 of 6 for 47 yards.

“It just shows you the resiliency of our players, all the things that we talk about being a smart tough disciplined football team. I think that showed up during course of that game,” Frazier said.

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