he Minnesota Vikings spent the weekend at the NFL scouting combine poring over quarterbacks, as thoroughly as any other team in the league. They’re among the frustrated few — well, there’s more than a few clubs without a quarterback solution — who badly need this draft to produce a long-term answer at the most important position.
The Minnesota Vikings already had a lot of work to do with their quarterback situation this offseason. The list just got longer. Matt Cassel will void the 2014 option on his contract and become a free agent, a person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
No matter who has the edge Sunday, it seems the nation is rooting for Manning, because it’s been harder for him to win, because he’s not so pretty, because he’s considered one of us, because you get the sense that his aw-shucks, southern refrain is real.
Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson says he intends to transfer to another school that runs an offense “that centers more around the passing game.” The sophomore made the surprise announcement Thursday when he first released the statement to KFXN-FM in Minneapolis.
When the Minnesota Vikings let head coach Leslie Frazier go, many fans said they’d like to see a more fiery coach on the sidelines. It appears they’re getting their wish. Just down the road from Vikings’ headquarters, the lunch crowd at Joe Senser’s watched Wednesday’s reports with a mix of hope and weariness. “I probably have been disappointed enough times that I’m never that optimistic anymore,” said Vikings fan Matt Johnson.
General manager Rick Spielman says he’s confident the Minnesota Vikings will solve their quarterback problem. But Spielman also acknowledged Monday he has yet to “get it right” in regard to evaluating the position, at a news conference after coach Leslie Frazier was fired.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return to start Sunday’s game for the NFC North title against the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that Rodgers will be back after missing seven games because of a left collarbone injury.
One of the many standout performers at last week’s Prep Bowl was a running back who became a quarterback, then became a big playmaker. St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath is the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
Matt Cassel stepped on the platform, grasped the podium with both hands, looked around and grinned.
Another week has brought another quarterback quandary for the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Cassel played well enough in relief of Christian Ponder to take over the job. Ponder left Sunday’s win over Chicago with a concussion.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play against Minnesota on Sunday after hinting earlier in the week he might have a chance. Rodgers needed to be on the field at practice Friday, but he is not yet recovered from a broken collarbone and was ruled out for the game. He has missed the past two games. Green Bay also has four of its seven cornerbacks on an extensive injury report this week.
The quarterback carousel in Minnesota is staying put for another week. Christian Ponder will be the starter at Green Bay.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says his injured left shoulder is ready to go and he wants to start against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier says he’ll wait until Saturday before making a decision. Ponder is still recovering from a dislocated left shoulder, but the right-handed quarterback was able to go through practice this week. He says he expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Ponder was injured in the third quarter of the Vikings’ last game against Washington. That was a Thursday night game, though, so he’s had a little extra time to treat the injury and prepare for the Seahawks.
The Holy Angels football team has had their fair share of surprises this season. The Stars went just 3-and-5 on the regular season, lost their starting quarterback before last week’s game against Kasson-Mantorville and then they found a worthy back up who hardly had taken a snap.
The Minnesota Vikings are unsure if Christian Ponder will be healed in time for their next game. Ponder dislocated his non-throwing left shoulder trying to dive for a touchdown at the end of a run late in the third quarter during Minnesota’s victory over Washington on Thursday night.