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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder shows his bruises as members of the team cleaned out their lockers Monday in Eden Prairie. (Associated Press)

Vikings’ finish may have solidified Ponder’s role

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS — Christian Ponder’s future as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback may have been sewn up without him even throwing a pass.

Ponder was a late scratch for the divisional playoff game against Green Bay on Saturday night, leaving the Vikings offense in the hands of backup Joe Webb, an intriguing athlete that many impatient fans were clamoring for earlier in the season when Ponder was struggling.

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