(London, England) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will miss tomorrow's game in London against the Steelers. Ponder suffered a rib injury in last week's loss against Cleveland. Team medical staff confirmed a fracture to the rib in an examination on Monday. Ponder attempted to practice with a protective pad this week, but doctors feared the fractured rib could cause damage to other nearby body parts if the quarterback took a hard hit. So, reserve Q-B Matt Cassell (rhymes with hassle) will get the start. He has started 62 previous games in his career with the Patriots and Chiefs. He says he isn't particularly nervous, but admits to getting butterflies when he was told this morning that he'd be tomorrow's starting signal caller. The game kicks off at noon, Minnesota time.
>>Others Hurt For Vikes
(London, England) -- In addition to the Vikings playing this weekend without starting quarterback Christian Ponder, the team will be thin in the secondary. Starting defensive backs Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford will sit out Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with injuries. Cook has an injured groin, while Sanford has a hamstring injury. In addition, tight end and fullback Rhett Ellison has also been ruled out for the London game. He is suffering from a knee injury.