Christian Ponder out, Joe Webb in at QB for Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder looks to pass

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder looks to pass during the second half of a game against the Green Bay Packers. (Dec. 30, 2013) (Credit: AP)

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Christian Ponder is inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers because of a right elbow injury.

The surprise announcement about 90 minutes before Saturday's game means Joe Webb will start at quarterback for the Vikings.

Ponder was hurt when Packers safety Morgan Burnett delivered a jarring hit on a blitz when the teams played last Sunday. Ponder finished the game with a career-high 120.2 passer rating and three touchdowns in the 37-34 win.

His participation in practice this week was limited and Webb took many of the turns with the first team offense. Ponder was listed as questionable on the injury report, though, and he took only about a dozen soft, short throws in early warm-ups.

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