"Once they drafted Teddy (Bridgewater) and didn't exercise the [fifth-year contract] option, I knew my time was coming to an end most likely," Ponder said Monday, per 1500ESPN.com. "I've tried to enjoy this year and this season and we'll see what happens going forward."
Ponder didn't rule out a return, but it seems unlikely with Bridgewater and Matt Cassel still on the roster.
"[That's the] likelihood, yeah, but I'm not closing any doors. There's a chance I'll be back here, I think," Ponder said. "But I'm going to explore all options and see what's best for me and my family."
Ponder completed 22 of 44 passes, for 222 yards and two interceptions. He did not throw a touchdown during the contest. Ponder was constantly under pressure during the game. He was sacked six times. Due to constant pressure, Ponder was forced to settle for short completions throughout the start. When he did go long, Ponder's throw wound up being inaccurate. Ponder did manage to find the end zone late, running in a touchdown with his team down by 42. Ponder had 15 yards on three rushing attempts.
Ponder will take on the Lions Week 6 if Teddy Bridgewater is unable to play again.
Teddy Bridgewater is officially inactive for the contest, meaning Ponder will take over as the primary quarterback. Ponder came on in relief of Bridgewater Week 4, but did not attempt a pass. He rushed one time during the contest, picking up a yard. Ponder started nine games last season, tossing seven touchdowns against nine interceptions.
Teddy Bridgewater is dealing with an ankle issue, and has been considered a game time decision. The team also called up quarterback Chandler Harnish from the practice squad, indicating that they might need help at quarterback.
"I've talked to Teddy. He's doing everything he can to prepare and be ready to play."
Ponder has started 35 games, but none with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He could be under center Thursday in Green Bay. "It's a very different style of offense than what we've ran the previous three years," Ponder said. "Without Adrian [Peterson], it's different. Defenses play us differently without Adrian. I'm comfortable and fit well in it."
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