Christian Ponder practices through rib injury

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was able to practice through a rib injury on Thursday, taking most of the snaps as the first-string quarterback.

This can be construed as a good sign, given the 0-3 Vikings don't want to lose their starting quarterback to injury. But then again, do the Vikings want an injured quarterback that helped contribute to all three losses playing for them?

Based on what Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters after practice, it would appear Ponder is the quarterback Minnesota goes with if he's available.

"We want Christian to play," Frazier said, via "We want him to get out there and continue to grow and develop as a quarterback."

If Ponder is unavailable to play Sunday, the Vikings will go with Matt Cassel as their quarterback.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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