Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Cassel getting majority of first-team reps at Vikings practice

Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder is dealing with a rib injury that has kept him limited in practice and has his Week 4 match up in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers in question.

As a result, back up Matt Cassel could finally get his shot and he will be well-prepared if he gets the call.

According to reports, Cassel has been receiving a majority of the first-team reps this week as the team looks to earn their first win of the season.

“It’s purely circumstantial if that happens,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We want Christian to play. We want him to get out there and continue to grow and develop as a quarterback. But we signed Matt Cassel for occasions just like this, if something were to happen to Christian. We’ll see what happens.”

If Cassel gets the start, it will be the first time that he leads the Vikings in to a meaningful game and it will be interesting to see if he would be capable of providing a spark to the team.

Regardless of what happens throughout the final course of the week, Minnesota needs to keep their focus on beating the Steelers and returning to the states with a win under their belt.

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  • Kevin Hicks

    Idk, but if I was Ponder, I would everything in my power to make sure I can play. Chances are, if Cassel leads the Vikes to victory in London, it would be his job for the rest of season. Frazier is just toting the company line. Just like a politician, he is taking the neutral road.

    • Daniel Laxen

      And that sucks! Ponder hasn’t shown that he’s capable of LEADING this team to victory. What he has shown is a propensity to go 3 and out when the team absolutely needs at least a 1st down,or a sustained drive. They brought in Cassel to do what Ponder hasn’t been able to do. If Cassel fails what have the Vikings actually lost except 1 more game. Not like this team can win 10 of their last 13 anyway.