Josh Freeman could practice Friday, won’t play Sunday

Jim O
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So far, the Freeman era isn’t looking much different for the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman’s debut as Minnesota’s starter was as rocky as you can get, and now he is suffering from the effects of a concussion that no one knew about until Wednesday. As a result, Freeman will not dress for Sunday’s game against the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers.

With Freeman already ruled out, Christian Ponder is once again the Vikings’ starting quarterback, with Matt Cassel backing him up. With only one win this season, it can’t get much worse for the Vikings, but there is some good news.

According to Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, per Pro Football Talk, Freeman could return to practice as early as tomorrow. Even though this doesn’t help the Vikings Sunday, it does mean that Freeman can get back on practice field, which is something he desperately needs if last Monday’s game was any indication. Against the previously winless New York Giants, Freeman went just 20-of-53 for only 190 yards and an interception, overthrowing his receivers on many of the plays.

The Vikings certainly hope that additional practice with the team will straighten Freeman out, but you have to wonder if it’s a coincidence that Freeman has started for two of the worst teams in the NFL, or a true indication of his play.

Regardless, at least for Sunday, the Ponder era has started again in Minnesota.