Cassel To Start For Vikings Vs. Steelers

Backup quarterback Matt Cassel will start the Vikings’ game against the Steelers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in place of Christian Ponder, whom coach Leslie Frazier revealed Friday has a fractured rib.

Ponder, who ranks 30th in the NFL in passer rating (65.9), suffered the injury in the second quarter of last weekend’s loss to Cleveland and struggled with accuracy late. He underwent a CT scan Monday that revealed the fracture, but tried to practice the past two days.

“He’s a tough, tough guy, but it probably wouldn’t be wise to put him in that situation,” Frazier told reporters. “We have complete confidence that Matt will do a good job, our players are going to support him and he’ll be the guy that will be leading us to victory on Sunday evening.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.


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