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Updated: March 14th, 2013 9:50am
Vikings QB Christian Ponder resumes throwing, 'ready to go for OTAs'

Vikings QB Christian Ponder resumes throwing, 'ready to go for OTAs'

by Tom Pelissero
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Christian Ponder's throwing arm looks more like an arm again.

The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback is throwing again, too, a little more than two months after a triceps injury cost him the chance to make his NFL playoff debut.

"It is actually a normal color," Ponder said in a phone call from the Phoenix area on Wednesday.

"When I started working out a few weeks ago, I thought it was fine. But I was doing, like, some bench press and stuff and it's still a little tight.

"I probably had to tear through some scar tissue and stuff. But it feels fine now, throwing last week and everything felt great. So, it'll be ready to go for OTAs."

Ponder's upper arm and elbow remained swollen and yellow the last time he was in the Vikings locker room, two days after sitting out their Jan. 5 wild-card playoff loss at Green Bay.

His right triceps had shut down after the regular-season finale, in which he took a direct shot to the elbow from Packers safety Morgan Burnett, and rehab couldn't get him back in time.

Ponder, 25, spent time recently in Los Angeles working with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who trained him at Athletes Performance Institute before the NFL Draft in 2011.

He since has been working out at a gym near Phoenix and, on Monday, will return to API for workouts until a week or so before he returns to Minnesota for the April 22 launch of the offseason program.

The focus with the triceps has been "loosening it up and building strength as well," Ponder said. "I was doing some triceps exercises and everything. It feels fine and it feels back to normal right now."

Like everyone else, Ponder isn't yet sure to whom he'll be throwing come organized team activity practices in May. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman traded Percy Harvin to Seattle, cut Michael Jenkins and have no imminent plans to re-sign Devin Aromashodu.

They did re-sign Jerome Simpson, who joins Stephen Burton and Jarius Wright as the only receivers on the roster who have appeared in an NFL game. The others under contract are practice-squad holdover Chris Summers and Greg Childs, who sat out last season with injuries.

"It'd be hard to play if we were only playing with three guys," Ponder said. "But I'm sure free agency or through the draft or whatever, I don't know what exactly is going to happen, but we will be bringing in new guys. We trust Rick."

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