Vikings Ponder starting rookie

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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he would announce his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Green Bay on Wednesday, but reports indicate that Christian Ponder will take over for Donovan McNabb.

WCCO-TV in Minneapolis cited sources as saying McNabb has been informed by Frazier of the decision and Ponder has been told he will make his first start when the floundering Vikings host the undefeated defending Super Bowl champions.

Ponder made his pro debut last Sunday in the fourth quarter of a 39-10 loss to Chicago, which dropped the Vikings to just 1-5.

"For a guy who gets limited reps in practice, it seems he had a good grasp of our offense," Frazier said at Monday's news conference after the game. "He moved the team when he was in there and made some good throws."

McNabb completed 19-of-24 passes for 177 yards against the Bears, but led the team to just one touchdown and a field goal. Ponder, the 12th overall pick in this year's draft, connected on 9-of-17 throws for 99 yards.

Questions surrounding the quarterback position came up two weeks ago after an 0-4 start. The speculation of McNabb's job status quieted somewhat after a 34-10 win over Arizona on October 9.

McNabb, in his first year with the Vikings, has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions this season.


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