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Donovan McNabb Benched: Christian Ponder Reportedly Inserted As Minnesota Vikings Starting QB

Change is in the air for the Minnesota Vikings. Following the benching of Donovan McNabb in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, many wondered if Christian Ponder would get the team's next start. After no news on Monday, head coach Leslie Frazier has reportedly informed all parties involved that Ponder will be getting the start on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers

Jason LaConfra has it on Twitter:

Vikings are changing QBs. Leslie Frazier has made the change and notified those involved. Christian Ponder takes over as starter    

McNabb was benched after going 19-for24 for 177 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ponder came into the game and didn't put up any better numbers, going 9-for-17 for 99 yards without a touchdown or interception. Ponder had more than one serious overthrow, which can be attributed to lack of chemistry with wide receivers.

Frazier either sees something he particularly likes in Ponder's performance, or the team feels it's just time to look to the future, as McNabb doesn't figure to offer much in the way of future potential. Sitting at 1-5 with very little progression week-in and week-out, it's simply time to see what the rookie can do.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.