Christian Ponder QB MIN 14 Days

Ponder is inactive for Sunday's game at St. Louis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

No surprise here as Ponder is the No. 3 quarterback and may not be active all season unless Teddy Bridgewater or Matt Cassel are hurt.

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Ponder made the final roster, the Vikings' official website reports.

With Matt Cassel the Week 1 starter, and Teddy Bridgewater the clear No. 2, Ponder never really had a chance to be anything more than the third quarterback. He at least did enough to keep a spot on the roster, and could be the subject of trade rumors.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 23 Days

Ponder was 12-of-15 for 121 yards and led the Vikings on three scoring drives in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee.

It was a nice outing for Ponder late in the game against the third-string defense. He enters the season as a distant third on the depth chart at quarterback.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 28 Days

Ponder did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.

He hasn't played the last two preseason games as the Vikings wanted to give as many snaps as possible to Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback and there's debate whether the team will keep him on the roster or trade or cut him at the end of training camp.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 1 Month

Ponder was 3-of-7 for 39 yards in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.

Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback as he's had almost no time with the first-team offense in training camp and didn't play until the third quarter of the first preseason game.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 2 Months

Christian Ponder has been relegated to a spectator role at Vikings camp.

The Vikes are trying to get Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel all the snaps they can, so Ponder is merely getting a third-team rep every "once in a while." At this point, the only thing keeping the 2011 No. 12 overall pick on the roster is a $1.76 million guaranteed salary.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 3 Months

Christian Ponder is working as the Vikings' No. 3 quarterback at OTAs.

Predictably, he's getting fewer reps with the ones than Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. "Obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready," Ponder conceded. "And Cassel's the starter right now." Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings "hope" to trade Ponder to a QB-needy team in training camp. They won't release him outright due to a $1.8 million salary guaranteed.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 4 Months

The Vikings plan to give all three of their quarterbacks first-team offseason reps.

That's Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Vikings are "pushing competition" and hope to go to camp with a pecking order in place. By the time August rolls around, we suspect Cassel and Bridgewater will be toward the top. By Week 1, it's tentatively expected that Bridgewater will be No. 1, Cassel No. 2, and Ponder No. 3.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 5 Months

Speaking Tuesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman reiterated that he has no plans to trade Christian Ponder.

That's because Spielman has no illusions about fetching anything of value in return. A firm No. 2 on the depth chart behind Matt Cassel, Ponder could be No. 3 by this time next week.

Christian Ponder QB MIN 5 Months

Vikings declined Christian Ponder's fifth-year option.

It's an obvious move as the Vikes aren't going to pay $9.6 million for a guy they've essentially given up on. The bigger question is if Ponder will even break camp with the team. He's firmly behind Matt Cassel right now and could very well fall to third on the depth chart when the Vikings draft a quarterback next week. Cutting Ponder would result in $3.2 million in dead money.