From Comcast SportsNetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Christian Ponder says he's excited and grateful for the opportunity to take over as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The rookie says he will also be leaning heavily on veteran Donovan McNabb for help. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier officially announced on Wednesday that Ponder is the starting quarterback going forward. Frazier says the decision was based solely on what gives the team the best chance to win. McNabb will remain on the team as the backup, and Frazier says he handled the demotion professionally and pledged to help Ponder succeed. Ponder was drafted with the 12th overall pick in April. He made his NFL debut in the fourth quarter last week against Chicago and will make his first start on Sunday at home against Green Bay.
BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in a cast on a knee scooter entering the clubhouse today, and was all smiles when he said he’d be taking his cast off Monday to get started with his rehabilitation process.
He’s been cleared to start lifting right away, and it is expected that Swihart will be ready for Spring Training.
“My ankle feels good. I’m not in any pain at all,” Swihart said. “I think in the middle of the off-season I’ll be able to get into baseball shape.”
Swihart will be rehabbing to play both catcher and left field. The top-tier catching prospect wouldn’t say which he preferred when asked, and instead said “whatever gets me on the field.”
A timetable for running has yet to be established for Swihart, but the 24-year-old will meet with the doctor within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, he plans to continue supporting his teammates race towards the postseason.
“It’s hard, I want to be out there with them, but at least I get to come in and be there with them during the whole thing,” Swihart said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing them, the way they’re playing. It’s awesome.
After being cut from the Detriot Lions last week, Stevan Ridely has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
The @Colts have signed free agent running back Stevan Ridley. Career 685 rushes for 2,907 yards (4.2 avg) with 22 touchdowns in five seasons— Matt Conti (@ColtsConti) August 28, 2016
The running back played for the Patriots for four seasons (2011-2014), averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 22 touchdowns in 52 games. He only played in six game in his final year with New England as a result of a torn ACL and MCL.
Ridley played for the AFC-East rival New York Jets in 2015 with a limited role in the nine games he played.
Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City to attend to a family matter, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.
Drellich also reports that Pedroia may miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, too.
This of course comes after Pedroia went 11-for-11 over a three-game stretch, and saw the streak end in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.
Pedroia is batting .398 (37-for-93) through 24 games in August, with a .430 on-base percentage. Boston's second baseman is one of -- if not the -- team's hottest hitter this month, hitting .458 (33-for-72) since moving to the leadoff role.