Vikings’ Christian Ponder knocked out of game with left shoulder injury

Pick a quarterback, any quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings seem to have a different one every game, or multiple quarterbacks in a single game even.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder actually had some nice moments in Thursday's 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins, but he was forced to exit late in the third quarter with a left shoulder injury.

Ponder was attempting to score on a scramble but was hit by Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall, and the ball popped out of Ponder's hand at the Redskins' 1-yard line. On the play, Ponder landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and came out of the game, replaced by backup Matt Cassel. Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown one play later.

Ponder was ruled out very soon after. The Vikings had three active quarterbacks, with Josh Freeman the No. 3 QB.

It appears that the injury was a shoulder separation. The Thursday game gives Ponder extra time to return to the lineup.

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