Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is hit by Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ponder's shoulder dislocation is minor; could start next week

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder got drilled by Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, while extending for the goal line on Thursday Night Football. The initial diagnosis for Ponder was a dislocated shoulder, which immediately put his status for next week in jeopardy.

As it turns out, the Vikings may be able to roll with Ponder again in Week 11, which would save them for the dreaded choice of Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the injury is not believed to be serious and he is in play for next week:

Ponder and the Vikings could benefit from playing a Thursday game, which will allow their top quarterback to take a few extra days to rest his bum shoulder.

We will learn by the middle of next week whether or not Ponder will take the field. The Vikings and their fans are liking hoping that answer is a yes.

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