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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The soap opera surrounding the Minnesota Vikings and their shuffling of quarterbacks just got a bit more dramatic, with news that Christian Ponder was injured while diving for the goal line Thursday night against Washington.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that the injury suffered by Ponder was diagnosed as a dislocated left shoulder.
He was replaced for the remainder of the game by Matt Cassel, who completed the Vikings' second win of the season.

Ponder had led the Vikings back from a 13-point deficitwhen hescrambled to his left from the Washington 15-yard line and dove for the pylon before getting hit by cornerback DeAngelo Hall.Adrian Peterson scored on the following play to give the Vikings the lead.

Ponder was 17 of 21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before exiting the game.

Despite the injury, Ponder said he's planning to play next week against the Seattle Seahawks.

"My expectation is to be back next week," Ponder said. "We have a great training staff."

Frazier insisted there's no timetable yet for Ponder and he will undergo further tests to determine the full extent of the injury. The good news for Ponder is that the schedule may be on his side: Because of their Thursday night contest the team has 10 days off before taking the field against the Seahawks.

Statistics, however, suggest that Ponder may want to reconsider hurrying back to face the Seahawks. Last year in Seattle Ponder had one of his worst performances as a pro, completing just 11 of 22 passes for 62 yards. He threw an interception and was sacked four times in posting a 37.3 passer rating.

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