Christian Ponder Injury: Update on Minnesota Vikings Rookie QB's Hip Injury

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for open teammates against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Minnesota Vikings won, 33-26. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was carted to the locker room on Sunday after taking a hit from Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije while attempting a pass.

Ponder looked like he hurt his right hip and was taken out of the game. He battled a hip injury earlier in the season too.

Joe Webb replaced him at quarterback for the Vikings and will be looking to impress the coaches with Ponder questionable to return.


Who's the Backup?

Joe Webb is the backup and he is in the game for the Vikings. He has only attempted 120 passes in his career and has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions.


Devastation Scale: 6 out of 10

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a first quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ponder has played in 10 games this season after replacing Donovan McNabb as the Vikings starting quarterback. He hasn't played too well this season and despite throwing 13 touchdown passes, he's also been picked off 12 times.

Ponder might be the future in Minnesota, but he's not an irreplaceable player. With some talented quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class, the Vikings would be smart to consider drafting a quarterback such as Baylor's Robert Griffin III, who won this year's Heisman Trophy.


Timeline for Return

According to 1500 ESPN, Ponder's return to Sunday's game against the Bears is questionable.

UPDATE: Ponder never returned to Sunday's game.


What They're Saying

ESPN's John Clayton tweeted the following about Ponder via Twitter.

ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero tweeted the following about Ponder after his injury.