Christian Ponder fractured a rib near his heart, expected to miss additional time

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Source: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images North America

Christian Ponder is expected to miss additional games with a fractured rib near his heart.

Ponder, 25, missed Week 4 and the Vikings have a bye in Week 5. ESPN 1500’s Judd Zulgad suspects that Ponder will miss another three or four games but return in time for Week 8 or 9.

 

The Vikings won their first game in Week 4 with Matt Cassel under center. Should the team continue to win he would seem likely to assume the role for the rest of the season.