Bad news for the Minnesota Vikings as Christian Ponder has been declared inactive for tonight's wild card playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
Unproven Joe Webb will get the start, and the Packers must be licking their chops, or a little nervous at what the mobile Webb can bring to the table.
Webb hasn't started a game since week 17 in 2010. The third year quarterback from Alabama-Birmingham is more known for being a runner, than the pocket passer that Ponder is. Webb, 6’4” 220 lb quarterback who has completed 88 of 152 (57.9% completion percentage) with three touchdowns and five interceptions, has done better running the ball rushing for 273 yards on 41 attempts (6.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns.
If Webb can prevent the mistakes, much like Ponder needed to, it could provide some confusion on the defense, especially if they can create some type of option or draw plays with All Pro and MVP candidate Adrian Peterson.
If Peterson did not have too much on his shoulders already with WR Percey Harvin out (he has been out since tearing a ligament on November 4), this only adds to it. The Vikings are going to need the defense to keep them in the game and let the legs of Webb and Peterson find a way to score points, or Ponder will be starting their vacation tomorrow.
Ponder injured his elbow in their last meeting with Green Bay and was listed as questionable this week. He threw a few balls at Lambeau Field earlier today before talking to Vikings officials and exiting.