The team announced Friday that
"They just made a decision for what's best for me and my health and this team," Ponder said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It stinks but it is what it is. But I'll be back for Carolina [after next week's bye]."
Both the Vikings and
Ponder had a CT scan on his chest Monday, which revealed the fracture. He said the broken rib is near his heart, causing the doctors concern about him playing Sunday.
Cassel, the former backup at USC who went on to replace the injured
"I've been through a lot," he said. "But at the same time, you get those butterflies."