Vikings to give rookie QB Ponder his first start vs Packers
By Jason La Canfora, NFL Network
~Christian Ponder now is the Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback, according to a league source, and will make his starting debut this Sunday at home against the Green Bay Packers.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the decision this week and has notified veteran Donovan McNabb.
Ponder was selected with the No. 12 overall pick in April’s draft. With the Vikings’ offense struggling, it is Ponder’s opportunity to shake up the 1-5 team.
The rookie played in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, going 9-of-17 passing for 99 yards.
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