Minnesota Vikings Face Another Quarterback ControversyThe Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder's latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.
As The QB Carousel Turns: Vikings Wait On Starter The quarterback merry-go-round in Minnesota is on the verge of spinning again. Christian Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel early in the fourth quarter on Sunday at Seattle, and coach Leslie Frazier didn't convey much hope on Monday for Ponder to keep the job this week.
Vikings Don't Make Enough Plays To Stay With The SeahawksThe Minnesota Vikings stayed in the game for three quarters, but interceptions on back-to-back drives allowed the Seattle Seahawks to pull away for 41-20 victory at CenturyLink Field. The offense was okay in the first half, but horrible in the second half. The defense was okay in the first half and good in the second half before wearing down.
Christian Ponder Believes He's Ready To Start For Minnesota In SeattleChristian Ponder says he can play, but Leslie Frazier hasn't committed to starting the third-year quarterback on Sunday. The former first round draft pick will wear a harness, if he plays. The team listed two players as non-participants, seven players as limited participants and six players as full participants in Thursday's practice.
Ponder Feels Ready To Play Against SeahawksMinnesota 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.
Vikings Jerome Simpson Apologizes For DWI Arrest, Status For Sunday UncertainJerome Simpson was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving. His status for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks is not known. The status of injured quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday's game will be determined later in the week. Harrison Smith is progressing in his rehab and believes he can avoid surgery. Cordarrelle Patterson's jersey and shoes from the Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 27 are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Simpson Says He's Sorry; Status With Vikes UnclearMinnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson says he's sorry for the negative attention brought to the organization over the weekend after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Simpson took part with the team in a light practice on Monday. The Vikings play at Seattle this Sunday, and Simpson said he expects to participate. But coach Leslie Frazier spoke in uncertain terms about Simpson's availability against the Seahawks and beyond. The NFL suspended him for three games last year for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and his case has again been placed under review by the league.
Christian Ponder's Status For Next Game UncertainThe 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.
5 Things To Know After Vikings Rally Past Redskins Entering the critical third year of his career, Christian Ponder contributed to Minnesota's three straight losses to start the season. Then he broke a rib. After sitting out a game to heal, he found himself on the bench for two more weeks.
Huge Upset At Mall Of America Field: Excellent Grades For Vikings Against RedskinsThe Minnesota Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 34-27 at Mall of America Field on Thursday. The Vikings scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to get their second win of the season. Christian Ponder led the Vikings offense before injuring his left arm. The defense was able to sack Robert Griffin III four times.
Minnesota Vikings Players Have Begun Criticizing The Play CallingThe Minnesota Vikings have already lost more games this season than they all of last, including three in the final minute of the game. Frustration is coming out as several players voiced their displeasure with play calling. The Vikings will honor the men and women who serve the country with their annual "Salute to Service" game Thursday against the Washington Redskins.
Team Grades Drop In 3rd Last-Minute Loss For Minnesota Vikings In 2013The Minnesota Vikings blew their third last-minute lead of the season. The Dallas Cowboys scored with 35 seconds remaining to send the Vikings to their worst start to a season since 1961 (the team's inaugural year). Adrian Peterson ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in the 27-23 loss Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
Vikes' Peterson, Ponder Just Miss Upset Of Cowboys Tony Romo got another chance after throwing a late-game interception at home. This time, he came through. Romo threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23 Sunday.
Spielman: 'Leslie Frazier Is Not Going Anywhere' While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach and is optimistic things will turn around this season.
Frazier: Ponder To Start For Vikings At Dallas Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement on Friday.