Minnesota Viking quarterback Christian Ponder was forced to miss the playoffs last season after he sustained a deep bruise to his throwing triceps. Five months later Ponder says that there is no “after-effects” from the injury and that it feels “good”.
That playoff loss was a win-win for Ponder. He wasn’t the one embarrassed by the Packers (the injury forced back up Travaris Jackson into a role he was ill-prepared for) and he got to show how much horrible the offense would be without him at center. While Ponder still hasn’t proven he can lead a team to victory, he has also shown he isn’t completely horrible (though it’s easy when you have the league’s best running back standing behind you).
Ponder is heading into a critical year in his 3rd season for the Vikings. If he can’t prove he can win the team games, you can bet the Vikings will be looking to draft a quarterback in next years draft.