If the Vikings' players didn't know whom their starting quarterback was for tonight's playoff game versus the Packers, they do now. It's Joe Webb . Webb gets the start in place of Christian Ponder who has been ruled out for the contest because of the bursitis in his right (throwing) elbow. Webb has played one snap this season -- a kneeldown at the end of a Week 5 win over the Titans. He played in 11 games last season and five as a rookie in 2010. He has made three career starts. This will be Ponder's first missed game as a pro.
Ponder nursed the elbow injury all week as Webb took all of the first-team snaps in practice. Earlier today, Ponder threw about 15 passes in front of Vikings trainers and coaches at Lambeau Field, putting zip on none of his throws. After that, he went back to the locker room while Webb and backup quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson remained on the field and threw to receivers.
Update: It came out during the game that while Ponder's elbow is a problem, the bigger injury is a right triceps bruise.
It's a surprising turn of events after we heard all day that Ponder was expected to play. Even ESPN's Adam Schefter was caught off guard. NBC's Al Michaels broke the news.
At the very least, it'll be interesting to watch how Webb changes this offense with his ability to run. His ability to throw is very questionable, but it's not like Christian Ponder is Joe Montana either. For fantasy purposes, this probably doesn't make much of an impact, because no one should have been investing in any part of this passing game for the playoffs. If nothing else, Webb's presence should mean an all-you-can-eat type workload for Adrian Peterson .