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Updated: October 30th, 2013 5:12pm
Report: One Vikings player says Christian Ponder will start Sunday

Report: One Vikings player says Christian Ponder will start Sunday

by Derek Wetmore
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The Vikings didn't want to tip their hand for Sunday's plan at quarterback. Monday they said it would either be Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman, and many speculated that meant it was a matter of time before Freeman was named the starter.

Head coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday morning at his press conference that he had an idea who would start at quarterback and that he'd told the players, but he wasn't ready to announce it publicly.

"I have an idea of what direction we're going to go and how we're going to practice but I'm not in the frame of mind where I want to divulge that at this point," Frazier said. "Our team knows and I'm sure it will get out there at some point. I don't want to publicly talk about who's our starting quarterback."

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Wednesday said Ponder would be the starter, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

From the Pioneer Press:

"I think we're going with Ponder," Simpson told the Pioneer Press after practice Wednesday. "I feel confident in him. We just got to protect for him and make the catches."

Ponder was asked by a group of media members Wednesday after practice if he'd be starting Sunday.

"I can't say yet, I'll let coach handle that," Ponder said.

Is continuity important at quarterback?

"I'm selfish in that fact, I want to be the guy that's consistently out there," Ponder said Wednesday. "But i think guys are handling it well, i think guys are adjusting."

Ponder's latest performance left much to be desired, but he says he wasn't nervous in what was ostensibly a big start against the Packers.

"I felt like the game was even slower than it was before," Ponder said. "Just felt like I was seeing things pretty well, coverages, safety rotations, everything. I could see things pretty well, see the field."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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