Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has announced that Josh Freeman has a concussion, putting his status up in the air for Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Frazier said that if Freeman cannot go, Christian Ponder will get the start at quarterback. Freeman struggled mightily in his debut.
If Ponder is forced to play, it puts a debate many had during the Vikings game last week into action. Commentators from Jon Gruden who was covering the game from the booth to many on the outside were openly suggesting that had Ponder been playing, the Vikings would have had a substantially better chance to win against the New York Giants.
Should Ponder be the quarterback for the Packers game and look even average or the Vikings win against a beat up Packer team, this will only add fuel to the fire that Ponder should have played against New York. The argument for Freeman to play last week and any other game is simple. The Vikings front office does not believe Ponder is a long term answer and that while it might be a low percentage chance, Freeman could be and has looked the part in the past. When he is healthy, whether it be this week or in the future, Freeman will and should be back out there, so the Vikings know for sure if they need to go in the NFL Draft looking for a new franchise quarterback or if Freeman can be that player for them.