Ponder (elbow) was limited for a third consecutive practice Friday and is listed as quesitonable for Saturday's playoff game at Green Bay. However, he's expected to start. "I think he'll be all right," head coach Leslie Frazier told ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities on Thursday. "He's going to do everything he can to make sure he's ready to go. He's doing a lot more stuff mentally than physical right now. But he should be fine."
Recommendation: It's not a good sign for the Vikings that he'll be playing in his first game below 40 degrees with a sore elbow, but he should start. The bigger issue will be if the sore elbow impacts his performance or gets worse after another hit.