Ponder might be playing through pain Sunday

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he’s still sore and stiff after suffering a hip pointer in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Ponder didn’t practice today, and he may not practice much all week, but he says he’ll spend time watching film and do everything he can play in Detroit this weekend.
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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he’s still sore and stiff after suffering a hip pointer in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Ponder didn’t practice today, and he may not practice much all week, but he says he’ll spend time watching film and do everything he can play in Detroit this weekend.

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