Vikings Hope for 1st Victory in London Against Winless Steelers

Updated: 09/29/2013 3:25 PM By: Cassie Hart

Fans outside Wembley Stadium in London
Fans outside Wembley Stadium in London
Photo: Photo: Minneosta Viking's twitter account

Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to its first win of the season, and maybe put himself in position for a more regular role.

Cassel will replace the injured starter Christian Ponder at quarterback in the Vikings’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Vikings (0-3) ruled out Ponder on Friday because of the rib he fractured in last weekend’s loss to Cleveland.

"We worked with Matt in the mind-set that this was a possibility, so I think we’re prepared in that way,” Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said. “He’s been in this role before. His veteran presence — you can feel it.”

Cassel, who signed a two-year contract with the Vikings in March, has not played a down this season. A former backup to Tom Brady with New England, he played in nine games last season for Kansas City.

If Cassel shines, Frazier could be left with a decision on whom to start against Carolina on Oct. 13, after a bye week. Ponder, a third-year pro, has struggled.

Trying to avoid its first 0-4 start in 45 years, Pittsburgh is hoping its defense can spark a turnaround.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.