Vikings’ Ponder probable vs. Seattle
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will likely start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Leslie Frazier announced Friday.
Ponder dislocated his non-throwing (left) shoulder Nov. 7 against the Washington Redskins.
Ponder took first-team reps in practice this week and said he expects to play in Seattle. He is listed on the team's injury report as probable, but it will make a final decision on his status after Saturday's walk-through.
“The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good,” Frazier said. “Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects.”
Ponder completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before getting hurt.
Percy Harvin is expected to make his Seattle Seahawks debut against his former team when the MinnesotaVikings visit on Sunday. The explosive wide receiver, traded to Seattle in the offseason in a deal that included a first-round pick, has been battling a serious hip injury but was added to the 53-man roster Monday. “He just has to practice every day and show that what he’s done in the rehab has paid off and that he can sustain through each day,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll just see how it goes.”
TV: 3:25 p.m., FOX. LINE: Seahawks -12. O/U: 45.
ABOUT THE VIKINGS (2-7): Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson leads the league with nine rushing touchdowns and his 87.3 yards per game on the ground rank third. He rushed for 182 yards and two TDs on 17 carries in a 30-20 loss at Seattle last November. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who leads the team with 491 receiving yards, is likely to play despite an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (9-1): Seattle, which increased its NFC West lead to 2 1/2 games with a rout at Atlantalast week, is going for its sixth win in a row and its 13th consecutive victory at home. The Seahawks are one of the NFL’s most balanced teams, ranking in the top six in both total defense (289 yards allowed per game) and scoring (26.5 points). Adding Harvin, who scored 29 TDs (20 receiving, five kick returns, four rushing) in four seasons with Minnesota, to the mix should make the offense even more dangerous.
1. Seattle - 9-1 for the first time in team history - hasn’t won six games in a row since a franchise-best 11-game streak in 2005.
2. Minnesota has lost all four road games this season.
3. The Seahawks defense, ranked second with 178 passing yards allowed per game, likely will be without CBBrandon Browner (groin).
PREDICTION: Seahawks 28, Vikings 16