However, Freeman is reportedly suffering from concussion-like symptoms, so Christian Ponder may get one more chance to prove himself.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 12:34 p.m. ET
From the Minnesota Vikings:
Coach Frazier just announced that Josh Freeman has a concussion. If he can't play on Sunday, Ponder will start. pic.twitter.com/j47Y1ONkl4— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 23, 2013
From NFL.com's Around the League:
Frazier says it's "more than likely" Christian Ponder will start against Green Bay on Sunday. #Vikings— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 23, 2013
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ESPN NFL first reported Tuesday:
THIS JUST IN: Vikings announce Josh Freeman will get a 2nd start Sunday night for the Vikings vs the Packers.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 22, 2013
Who will prove to be the long-term answer at QB for the Vikings?
Freeman will try to get the 1-5 Vikings back on track against the NFC North-rival Green Bay Packers in Week 8's Sunday Night Football showcase at the Metrodome.
It's going to be a difficult task for the division's cellar-dwellers to dig out of such a deep hole and even manage a respectable season, especially with such instability at the game's most important position.
After Matt Cassel (who, of course, took over for 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder) struggled in the team's 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, head coach Leslie Frazier deemed it time for Freeman to take the reins.
Josh Freeman had 16 overthrown passes last night. Peyton Manning has 16 overthrown passes THIS SEASON— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2013
When three QBs can't put together wins with a superstar like Adrian Peterson in the backfield, perhaps some of the blame should fall on the coaching staff. In any event, switching to Freeman seemed like a desperate move in what is clearly becoming a lost season in Minnesota.
Freeman went just 20-of-53 passing for 190 yards and an interception in the 23-7 loss to the Giants.
Last night, Josh Freeman became the 2nd QB since 1960 to attempt 50 passes for 0 TD and under 200 Yds. Dave Brown (1995) was the other.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 22, 2013
To be fair, it didn't help that Peterson managed a mere 28 yards on 13 carries (poor play-calling for which offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave clearly deserves some of the blame).
Josh Freeman is not that bad. The fact the Vikes didn't limit his attempts by utilizing THE BEST runner in the game more is mystifying.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 22, 2013
No matter—to put it nicely, the Vikings are in disarray.
How Freeman handles the start against Green Bay will give other organizations a good idea of his mettle and mental makeup, while also serving as a way for Minnesota to gauge what it has in its struggling, but talented, young signal-caller.