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Christian Ponder expected to start at QB for Vikings

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier sounded optimistic about Christian Ponder's progress after the quarterback practiced again Friday.

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Frazier said a determination would be made Saturday whether Ponder would start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, the coach expects Ponder to start, barring an unforeseen setback.

"We just want to make sure he feels comfortable," Frazier said.

Ponder suffered a separated left shoulder in last Thursday night's win against the Washington Redskins.

The third-year signal-caller took the majority of reps in practice Thursday and took first-team reps again Friday in the portion of practice open to the media.

The Vikings are considering activating all three quarterbacks (Ponder, Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel).

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Vikings viewed Ponder's performance against the Redskins as the best start of his career. Minnesota now wants to give Ponder as many opportunities under center as possible for the rest of 2013. The team will then have big quarterback decisions to make in the offseason.

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