Josh Freeman to Start For Vikings in Week 8 vs. Packers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 23, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings can't seem to get anything going in a positive direction no matter who starts at quarterback, but the team's plan was to stick with Josh Freeman under center for Week 8.

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:

From's Around the League:

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ESPN NFL first reported Tuesday:

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 being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to irreconcilable differences with Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, the 25-year-old Freeman was picked up by Minnesota a few days later on Oct. 6.

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.

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Even against a winless New York Giants team on Monday Night Football, it was clear Josh Freeman was not yet up to the task.

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.

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).

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.