Christian Ponder Injury: Vikings QB Injures Hip, Joe Webb Takes Over

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left Sunday's game against the Bears after aggravating his hip. He's officially questionable to return, but given the fact that the Vikings are playing for nothing but draft position, the odds seem good that he's done for the day. He left the game after taking a hit from Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije.

In his absence, fellow rookie Joe Webb is making a case that he deserves consideration to start next season. Webb has completed 7-of-10 passes for 93 yards. Ponder, meanwhile, completed just 4-of-10 passes for 28 yards and an interception (albeit on a ball that was tipped) before leaving.

The fact that Webb was a sixth-round pick while Ponder was drafted 12th overall certainly gives Ponder the leg up on the starting job, but Webb has looked surprisingly good every time he's had a chance to play. If he ends the season on a high note by leading the Vikings to a win over the Bears, there's no reason he shouldn't be considered.

For more on this game, check out Bears blog Windy City Gridiron and Vikings blog Daily Norseman. Also check out SB Nation's NFL hub.

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