WATFORD, England (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's playing status for Sunday's NFL game in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt because of a rib injury.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that practice on Wednesday will "be a big signal in what direction we'll have to go," with a decision expected by Friday.
"He's fighting through a little pain," Frazier said at the team's base outside London. "We're going to see how he does in practice. He'll be limited today and we'll talk (Thursday), but the fact he was able to finish the game (against Cleveland) was a good sign for us.
"Hopefully, there won't be any long-term effects."
Backup quarterback Matt Cassell is ready to step in if Ponder, who was injured early in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Browns, is ruled out of the game at Wembley Stadium.
"My mindset is we're going to push it to the limit and see what we can do, in a smart way. But I'm doing everything I can to play this game," Ponder said. "We're going to do what's best for the team. If I can't do my regular duties, then Matt's going to step in and play."
Ponder has been under pressure since the loss to the Browns dropped the Vikings to 0-3. The third-year quarterback has thrown five interceptions and two touchdowns for a 65.9 passing rating. He has also lost two fumbles.