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Vikings' Ponder suffers dislocated shoulder

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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that an MRI confirmed that Christian Ponder’s non-throwing left shoulder is dislocated.

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Ponder was injured in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. Ponder dislocated the shoulder on a 13-yard run.

Frazier said Ponder’s availability for the Vikings’ next game on Nov. 17 at the Seattle Seahawks will depend on how quickly the shoulder heals.

“It’s more now about how he heals up,” Frazier said. “They’ve run the tests this morning. We know exactly what’s going on. Now it’s a matter of how fast he heals and how much strength he gains back in the next few days.”

Ponder completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and one interception before the injury forced him out of the game, which the Vikings won 34-27. He was replaced by Matt Cassel. Frazier previously said Cassel was not in the race with Ponder and Josh Freeman to start games.

If Ponder is not able to practice next week, Frazier said the team will wait before deciding on naming a starter for the game against the Seahawks.

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