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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, left, and quarterback Christian Ponder leave the field after practice at training camp July 25 at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

NFL: Vikings’ Christian Ponder balancing highs at home, lows at workplace

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MANKATO — Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder doesn’t deny it’s been tough being relegated to third string. But he said Wednesday that it was good timing what happened last month.

Ponder’s wife, Samantha, gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Bowden Sainte-Claire. She was named after the legendary Bobby Bowden, Ponder’s former coach at Florida State.

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