Josh Freeman's Concussion Keeps Him Out Of Practice, Ponder Re-Enters Minnesota's Starting LineupThe Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Josh Freeman for Sunday's contest against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field. That means third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will take the reigns of the first unit. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants for Thursday's practice.
Ponder Will Start For Vikings Against PackersChristian Ponder will start at quarterback for Minnesota against Green Bay on Sunday night, while Josh Freeman will be inactive after being cleared to practice. Next week's as-the-quarterback-carousel-turns episode has not been written yet, but the Vikings have their guy for the Packers game. Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed after practice on Friday that Ponder will start against the Vikings' bitter rival. Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms the day after his rough performance Monday night in a loss to the New York Giants. He passed the NFL's required tests and went through part of the workout with the Vikings on Friday, but this was too late in the week for him to catch up with the game plan and get ready to play.
Freeman Suffering From Concussion Symptoms, Ponder Likely To Start For Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings may be without Josh Freeman for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field due to concussion symptoms. If he cannot go, Christian Ponder would return to the starting lineup. The Vikings made a roster move this week by claiming cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers and released Jacob Lacey.
Frazier Says Decision To Start Freeman Was Right The Minnesota Vikings are reeling from another embarrassing performance. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that he wouldn't change his decision to start Josh Freeman at quarterback against the New York Giants on Monday night. Freeman struggled through a 20-for-53 passing night in the 23-7 loss.
Minnesota Vikings Safety Harrison Smith May Need SurgeryThe Minnesota Vikings announced that safety Harrison Smith will not play in Monday's game against the New York Giants because of turf toe. In fact, the team is checking with doctors to see if rest and rehab can heal the second-year safety or if surgery is required. Surgery would put Smith on the injured reserve list.
Vikings S Harrison Smith Ruled Out For Giants GameThe Minnesota Vikings have ruled starting safety Harrison Smith out for the game against the New York Giants on Monday night because of turf toe on his left foot. Smith was injured Sunday against Carolina, and the Vikings fear the injury could require surgery.
Vikings Turn To Josh Freeman At QB For This Week When the Minnesota Vikings take the field Monday night to face the New York Giants, they’ll start their third different quarterback of the season. Coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that newly-acquired quarterback Josh Freeman will get the start.
Minnesota Vikings' Defense Is Having A Disappointing SeasonThe Minnesota Vikings have a very good defense on paper. However, on the field it has been a different story. The Vikings rank near the bottom in the league in most statistical defensive categories. The Vikings lost linebacker Desmond Bishop to a torn ACL during the Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback for Monday's showdown with the winless New York Giants on Wednesday.
Vikes Reeling But Frazier 'Certain' Of ImprovementThe Minnesota Vikings are a mess. They've allowed 31.6 points per game, third most in the league. The offense has plenty of problems, too, as evidenced by the two interceptions and four punts on nine possessions in a lopsided loss to Carolina. Still, coach Leslie Frazier says he believes the Vikings have the right players on the roster to improve, and he's certain that will happen. The Vikings (1-4) play the winless New York Giants (0-6) this week.
Christian Ponder's Status For Sunday Remains A Hot Topic For The Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings have no players expected to miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers due to an injury. Christian Ponder's ribs, whether they have heeled completely or not, remain a topic of discussion. Two players missed practice Thursday while six others were limited or full participants.
Freeman Signing Further Muddles Minnesota QB Group Minnesota's quarterback this weekend will be Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder, not Josh Freeman. If Ponder has healed from his broken rib, Coach Leslie Frazier said, he will return as the starter. If Ponder is still hurt, Cassel will keep the job. Beyond Sunday's game against Carolina, well, there's no guarantee for anyone. The Vikings were finalizing Freeman's contract Monday, four days after the 25-year-old was cut by Tampa Bay. He didn't make it in time for practice but was scheduled to arrive later, and Freeman and general manager Rick Spielman were scheduled to address reporters in an evening conference call.
Frazier Vague On Vikings Quarterback SituationMost of the Minnesota Vikings fans, and even many of the players, seem to have made a decision on who should start at quarterback when their team comes out of the bye. Coach Leslie Frazier isn't ready make that call just yet.
5 Things To Know From Vikings' Win Over Steelers The Minnesota Vikings got on the jet back to the United States with newfound reasons to believe they can salvage this season. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, an unsuccessful London trip means it already could be time to start looking toward next year.
Sore Ribs Put Christian Ponder's Status For Vikings Game In London In DoubtChristian Ponder injured his ribs in last week's loss to the Cleveland Browns, which leaves his status for the Minnesota Vikings' Week 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in doubt. Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback Friday. The Vikings had two non-participants, five limited participants and three full participants at Thursday's practice.
Cassel Gets Start At QB Against Steelers In LondonMatt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in place of injured Christian Ponder against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The Vikings said Friday that Cassel will replace Ponder, who sustained a fractured rib in last weekend's 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.