A little more than two weeks ago, Christian Ponder was the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback. Now, it looks like he'll be playing backup to Matt Cassel this weekend, and he will also compete with the newly signed Josh Freeman.
And he's not happy about it.
"Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed obviously with bringing in Josh [Freeman]," Ponder said, according to ESPN1500. "I would be lying if I didn't say it was a little bit disappointing and frustrating. ... Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed, obviously ... But I'm preparing like I'm going to be on the field."
Cassel reportedly will get the nod this weekend instead of Freeman, who signed with the Vikings this week after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month.
Ponder has been cleared to return from a rib injury suffered during Minnesota’s loss to the Browns. When he first suffered the injury, head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder would be the Vikings' (1-3) starter as long as he's healthy.
But Ponder missed the Vikings’ Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London, where Cassel led the team to its first victory.
Ponder said that a trade from Minnesota would be "difficult to deal with."
"Again, I have no idea what is going to happen. I hope to still be here," Ponder said, according to ESPN. "That's the front office's call. You never know, as we've seen in the past week, what's going to happen."