Christian Ponder injury: Leslie Frazier wants Vikings QB to play Sunday

Harry Engels

The Vikings coaching staff is showing public support for their injured quarterback entering their Week 4 game against the Steelers in London.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is publicly acknowledging that he wants injured quarterback Christian Ponder to play against the Steelers on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. Ponder has been nursing bruised ribs that he injured in Minnesota's Week 3 loss to the Browns and has been held out of practice as a precaution.

If Ponder is unable to play, his backup Matt Cassel would be the starter against Pittsburgh in their game at Wembley Stadium in London. Cassel has plenty of starting experience and was the starter in Kansas City as recently as last season, but Ponder is getting support from the coaching staff despite his uneven performance over the last three weeks. Frazier expects to name a starter for Sunday's game on Friday.

The Vikings and Steelers will clash in London on Sunday in their Week 4 matchup at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

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