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Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks down during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ponder injury: Vikings QB leaves game with shoulder injury

The Minnesota Vikings were able to come back and take a one-point lead over the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football after trailing at halftime, but they will need to hang on to their lead over the final fifteen minutes without the man that led the offense on their drive to take the lead.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was able to begin finding his groove in the third quarter, but he was injured after a big hit from Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on the goal line after attempting to dive head first in to the endzone.

It was an admirable effort by Ponder to make the big play, but you never want to see your quarterback exposing himself to those kinds of hits.

Ponder dove head first and extended his arms for the goal line, but the hit from Hall jarred the ball loose and sent Ponder to the locker room.

While there is no official update on the injury that the Vikings quarterback has suffered, the team announced that he will be out for the remainder of the game with a left shoulder injury.

Matt Cassel will take over as the first-team quarterback.

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