Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is dealing with elbow bursitis in his throwing arm, and his status for the team's Wild-Card game tonight is unclear, reports ESPN.com.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports backup Joe Webb is "looking more likely" than Ponder to start the game.
The Vikings face the Green Bay Packers on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in the wild-card round and Ponder might have to have the elbow drained before the game. Webb took more practice repetitions in practice this week, the report says. Ponder's elbow issues have plagued him since his days at Florida State.
“The expectation is the Vikings will work out Ponder at Lambeau Field a few hours before the 7 p.m. kickoff to make sure the issue is not significantly impacting his throwing motion,” 1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero wrote on the website.Ponder, who was listed as questionable in the injury report, completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 37-34 victory over the Packers to clinch a playoff spot.
An NFL source said Ponder should be able to play with the injury, which generally is treated with rest but may take weeks to fully heal. The bigger concern may be his limited practice reps this week.