Report: Vikings to start Ponder at QB

BY foxsports • October 18, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings will make the switch from veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb to rookie first-round pick Christian Ponder for Sunday's matchup against the undefeated Green Bay Packers, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The move was expected after the Vikings were drubbed 39-10 at Chicago Sunday night, dropping the team's record to 1-5.

Head coach Leslie Frazier had planned to name his starter Wednesday, but according to the report, he notified McNabb and Ponder of the decision Tuesday.

The six-foot-two Ponder was drafted 12th overall out of Florida State. He came in for McNabb in the fourth quarter Sunday, completing nine of 17 passes for 99 yards.

It is the second straight season in which McNabb has lost his starting gig. He was replaced by Rex Grossman last season in Washington before the Redskins traded him to Minnesota in the summer.

The 34-year-old, six-time Pro Bowler has completed 60.3 percent of his passes this season for 1,026 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, but the Vikings' offense has struggled to make big plays through the air.

Ponder will be the fourth rookie quarterback to become a starter this season, joining the Panthers' Cam Newton, the Bengals' Andy Dalton and the Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert.

share story