LONDON - Saying it was too risky to put starting QB Christian Ponder out on the field with a broken rib, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier named newcomer Matt Cassel his starter for Sunday's game in London versus the Steelers.
KARE 11's Eric Perkins put it simply in a tweet on @karevikes Friday morning, saying "Cassel's the guy."
Frazier wasn't much more verbose, explaining during a short press conferencne that "Christian had a fractioned rib and just felt like from a medical standpoint it was too risky to take a hit to the ribs."
Ponder's condition was first mentioned on Wednesday, when both he and the team spoke of a rib injury suffered in last Sunday's game against Cleveland. At that point Frazier said Friday would be the point when the club would make a decision about Ponder's status.
The news set off a chorus of cries for Cassel to take over, as Ponder's critics had been calling for his benching even before news of the injury. The third-year QB from Florida State has had an uneven 2013 season, throwing more interceptions than touchdown passes and seeming out of synch in key situations.
(Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )