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Joe Webb Could Start Minnesota Vikings Final Game Of The Season

The Minnesota Vikings spent their first round draft pick on Christian Ponder last year, but the team's past couple of games are apparently making the coaching staff re-think that decision. The reason being, of course, that Joe Webb may have been the quarterback of the future all along.

Webb was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but has been looked at as more of a gadget guy who can provide different looks rather than a prototypical quarterback. His ability to lead a second Vikings comeback in as many appearances has apparently made head coach Leslie Frazier re-think that, however, according to statements made to 1500 ESPN.

"Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it," Frazier said after Webb led three touchdown drives in relief of injured Christian Ponder and the Vikings beat the Washington Redskins 33-26.

"It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team. He's done it. He did it a season ago as well."

Few fans will be happy if Webb earns the starting spot over Ponder heading into next season -- though that'll be more due to the drafting of Ponder than the starting of Webb -- but it'll be worth keeping an eye on as Minnesota continues looking forward to next season.

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Minnesota Vikings Injury Report, Week 16: Concussions A Problem

The Minnesota Vikings injury report for Week 16 is important mostly because they could potentially end up with the top pick in next year's draft with a loss this weekend against the Washington Redskins. The team has said before they'd rather play for pride than tank for a better pick, but the injury report obviously plays a part.

The Vikings aren't exactly banged up this weekend, but concussions have some players reeling due to injury. 1500 ESPN has more on the major players.

The Vikings ruled out left guard Steve Hutchinson and cornerback Asher Allen for Saturday's game at Washington because of concussions they suffered in last weekend's loss to New Orleans. Both returned briefly against the Saints before departing for good and didn't practice all week.

Joe Berger is expected to start in Hutchinson's place, with rookie Brandon Fusco perhaps rotating in for a series or two. The Vikings plan to use a rotation at cornerback including Benny Sapp, Marcus Sherels, Brandon Burton and Cedric Griffin, who hasn't played on defense since getting benched on Dec. 11 at Detroit.

The only other Vikings players listed on the injury report are Jarrad Page, Kevin Williams, Anthony Herrera and Erin Henderson -- all of which are probable.

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