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Updated: January 5th, 2013 1:21pm
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder dealing with elbow bursitis

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder dealing with elbow bursitis

by Tom Pelissero
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The injury to Christian Ponder's throwing elbow is more than a bruise.

The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback is dealing with elbow bursitis -- a buildup of fluid that may need to be drained before Saturday night's NFC wild-card playoff game against Green Bay.

An NFL source said Ponder should be able to play with the injury, which generally is treated with rest but may take weeks to fully heal. The bigger concern may be his limited practice reps this week.

The expectation is the Vikings will work out Ponder at Lambeau Field a few hours before the 7 p.m. kickoff to make sure the issue is not significantly impacting his throwing motion.

Ponder had knee bursitis earlier in the season and didn't miss any time. He has a history of issues with his throwing elbow and forearm, which needed to be drained repeatedly during his senior season at Florida State.

Backup Joe Webb took more reps in practice this week and was pulled aside by coach Leslie Frazier after Thursday's practice, along with third-stringer McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who may be active for the first time all season.

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