Vikings hopeful Christian Ponder can start Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings are hopeful that Christian Ponder will be able to start the team’s season finale Sunday against the Chicago Bears after the quarterback was knocked out of the team’s victory at Washington with a concussion.

Backup Joe Webb threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in less than a half of action after replacing Ponder, but the Vikings are committed to their first-round draft pick and are optimistic he will return quickly and be cleared to return to full football activities by the middle of the week.

"We're hoping that Christian gets through the concussion tests and he is able to play," Leslie Frazier said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It is important to us to continue to get him the snaps that he needs to continue his development. That's a big part of what we want be able to get accomplished long-term, seeing him play at the end of this season.

"Christian is still our No. 1 quarterback, but you do have to take a real good look at Joe. It's a good situation ... to have two young quarterbacks that you have confidence in and each time Joe has gotten into the ballgame, it has really gotten up a spark. We're going to try to get him more snaps in the Chicago game if we can."

Eric Sugarman, the team’s trainer, said Ponder is not experiencing any post-concussion symptoms.

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