Ponder named Vikings' starting QB for rest of season

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has told rookie quarterback Christian Ponder that he will start Sunday, replacing veteran Donovan McNabb. Ponder's first test? The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, who are undefeated this year.
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Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has told rookie quarterback Christian Ponder that he will start Sunday, replacing veteran Donovan McNabb. Ponder's first test? The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, who are undefeated this year.

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