NFL Media's Alex Flanagan reported minutes later on NFL Network's broadcast that Ponder was done for the night with a left shoulder injury.
"My expectations are I'm gonna be back next week," Ponder said after the game.
Don't count on it. Players often are overly optimistic about their injury timetables. The Vikings won't have a good idea on Ponder's availability until Friday's test results are in.
Although the injury could be an opportunity to experiment with their $3 million project in Freeman, Frazier might decide that Cassel gives his team the best chance to maintain momentum.
UPDATE: On Friday Frazier called Ponder's injury a standard dislocation and that an MRI revealed "no surprises." Frazier said the quarterback's availability will depend on how fast he heals. Frazier also did not rule Ponder out for Week 11, nor would he say who would start if he can't play.