According to Pro Football Talk, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been ruled inactive for the team's wild-card matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Joe Webb has been named the team's starter.
Christian Ponder is OUT for tonight.Joe Webb starts.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 5, 2013
Ponder had been ruled questionable after injuring his elbow in Week 17. Webb has not attempted a pass for the Vikings all season and last started for the team on January 1, 2012.
The former Florida State signal-caller is coming off of an improved second season that saw him throw for 2,935 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in the Vikings run-heavy offense.
Ponder’s improvement as a quarterback complemented by running back Adrian Peterson’s historic comeback from an ACL surgery has been been a big reason that the Vikings have found success this season.
Ponder was 16-of-28 for 234 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Vikings 37-34 overtime victory over the Packers last week. Coming off of that performance Ponder will certainly be missed by a Vikings offense that will look to unseat the Packers once again.
Webb has not attempted a pass for the Vikings all season and last started for the team on January 1, 2012.
The fourth-year quarterback will need to step up big-time for the team in only his 17th pro appearance. He has three career touchdown passes with five interceptions and a career passer rating of 66.6.
With Ponder out, the Vikings will need yet another super-human performance from potential league MVP Adrian Peterson to stay competitive in this one.