Vikings notes: Ponder on pace to start

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2013 - 12:48 AM
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Christian Ponder completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns before he suffered a separated left shoulder in a 34-27 victory over Washington on Nov. 7. He’s expected to start Sunday against Seattle.

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Our snapshot look as the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s game at Seattle:

NEWS OF THE DAY: Ponder on pace to start

Leslie Frazier was careful not to officially declare Christian Ponder his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Seattle, but the Vikings coach did admit that’s the likely scenario, barring an unforeseen setback in Ponder’s progress from a separated left [non-throwing] shoulder suffered Nov. 7 against Washington.

“Christian is better,” said Frazier, who listed Ponder as probable on Friday’s official injury report. “We gave him a little bit more today in practice, so that was encouraging.”

Ponder said the shoulder feels good and that he’s looking forward to building upon the Washington game, his best outing and only victory of the season.

“This is another opportunity against a great team who I honestly [played poorly] against last year,” Ponder said. “It’ll be fun.”

A year ago, Ponder had one of his worst games of the season at Seattle. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a 37.3 passer rating.

This year, the Seahawks are an NFC-best 9-1 and are 12-point favorites against the 2-7 Vikings.

“It’s always fun to play in games like this, when everyone counts you out,” Ponder said.

Frazier wouldn’t say who his backup quarterback will be, but it’s expected to be Matt Cassel.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Frazier fired up?

Frazier was surprised to hear that KFAN FM 100.3 was reporting Friday morning that he became especially animated while trying to fire up both sides of the ball during Thursday’s padded practice.

“How would KFAN know about that?” Frazier said with a smile. “It’s just things that happen in practice that you’re dealing with. Just doing what we do.”

Frazier also said what he did on Thursday wasn’t unusual.

“That’s why I’m wondering why it was even reported,” he said. “I don’t think I did anything out of character, anything that I have done in the past.”

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