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A lot can change in a span of two weeks in the NFL, and Vikings backup quarterback Christian Ponder knows that all too well. Ponder was sitting comfortably in the starter spot until two weeks ago, when he went out with a rib injury and backup Matt Cassel stepped in. Since then, the team has brought embattled QB Josh Freeman into the mix, and he new depth chart scenario is something that Ponder is going to have to get used to. “Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed obviously with bringing in Josh,” Ponder told “I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a little bit disappointing and frustrating.” Ponder is fully healthy after recovering from the injury, but he’s still playing behind Cassel, and general manager Rick Spielman said Freeman will be inactive on Sunday. It seems as though Ponder’s status with the team is relatively up in the air, even after 29 starts with the team. “Again, I have no idea what is going to happen. I hope to still ...

Freeman gets to work in Minnesota

Let the crash course begin. Josh Freeman practiced for the first time with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, three days after he was signed to eventually be their starting quarterback. With the Vikings sitting at a precarious 1-3 heading into a game against Carolina on Sunday, Freeman is trying to absorb a brand new offense and get on the same page with a new set of teammates...

Ponder disappointed but isn't asking out from Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Christian Ponder's status with the Minnesota Vikings seems obvious, even though no one within the organization is making grand statements on the quarterback once drafted 12th overall and thought to be the long-term answer at his position. Minnesota signed Josh Freeman, who had his own falling out with an organization that believed him to be a franchise...

Christian Ponder: Vikings QB situation is ‘disappointing and frustrating’

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is not happy with his new situation in Minnesota. Ponder has been cleared to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but said the coaches have told him he won’t be starting. “Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed obviously with brining in Josh [Freeman],” Ponder said via “I would be lying if I didn’t...

Freeman vs. NFC North

Josh Freeman won’t be starting Sunday, but he could be in place for the Vikings’ first game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27 and should be the starter for Vikings’ second tour of the division starting on Nov. 24. We look at how Freeman has fared against the Vikings’ competition in the NFC North.

Vikings' Josh Freeman: Fresh start should be good for him and team

As the head coach at Vanderbilt University James Franklin admittedly struggles to stay abreast of news beyond college football and specifically the Southeastern Conference. "Like most coaches I'm in a submarine" Franklin told the Pioneer Press. "I come in early and leave late at night and I don't really know a whole out outside of what relates to Vanderbilt...

Report: Matt Cassel to start for Vikings The Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback for Sunday against the Carolina Panthers will likely be Matt Cassel, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Christian Ponder has been cleared to return from the rib injury that kept him out of the Week 4 victory over the Pittsburgh 

Notebook: Vikings lose QB, claim DE

The San Francisco 49ers were one of the teams reportedly interested in Josh Freeman last week when he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Instead, they settled for former Vikings quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, whom the Vikings waived Tuesday to make room for Freeman on their 53-man roster. Plus, a former Viking was promoted, injury updates and more.

Former QB says Leslie Frazier didn't want Josh Freeman, was overruled by Rick Spielman

There is certainly a danger these days when trying to discern who knows what and why. Motives and sources are unclear while the search for an audience and page views in an increasingly cluttered landscape is fierce. That is our preface to this post a speculative one but one with some potentially interesting information if we can believe Shaun King the former Tampa Bay QB. He was...

Signs point to Matt Cassel to start Sunday, but Josh Freeman's time coming

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is a longtime friend of Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. The two were teammates with the Chicago Bears in their playing days and have coached together. Rivera credits Frazier in part for getting him into coaching. Rivera says he can empathize with Frazier's quarterback situation with no clear-cut starter for Sunday...

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings: Three Bold Predictions

A week ago, the Minnesota Vikings had the week off from the NFL, were a two quarterback committee with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel and had the best runner in the NFL in their backfield.This week, The Vikings quarterback situation is a tad more complicated. Josh Freeman has been added to the mix, Christian Ponder’s future is questioned and at some point, head coach Leslie Frazier...

MIN: The Drunken Vikings Chronicles - Week 5

A good writer never reveals their tricks, but I'll let you take a trip into my mind anyways.WIth the Vikings' bye week being last Sunday, I didn't expect to write a version of The Drunken Vikings Chronicles. Then, Freemania rounded into form.After trading some final fisticuffs with his former head coach Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was released...

No ‘Pondering’ why Christian is unhappy in Minnesota

AP Photo/Michael Conroy Although reports indicated that Matt Cassel was to get the start when Carolina comes to town this weekend, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier wouldn’t publicly name a starter Thursday.  The answer however seems clear just based off of Christian Ponder’s comments and demeanor. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed.  We’ll see how thing...

Warren Sapp goes in on Greg Schiano

Now that Josh Freeman has taken up with the Minnesota Vikings, the drama down in Tampa Bay has not subsided. Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp recently ripped Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano for his mishandling of a team that is in the gutter of the NFC South. When speaking with NFL Media’s/former coach Brian Billick, Sapp took on the state of the team that he led to the...

Vikings McLeod Bethel-Thompson Claimed by 49ers

When the Vikings released McLeod Bethel-Thompson to sign Josh Freeman we all knew there was a chance he would get claimed on waivers. Well, that is exactly what happened. The San Francisco 49ers claimed the 25 year old quarterback. McLeod Bethel-Thompson spent some time back in 2011 with the 49ers so there is familiarity there. To make room for the quarterback the 49ers released...

5 Storylines To Follow in the Vikings and Panthers Match-up

The Vikings return to action this week with a home game vs. the Carolina Panthers.  The Vikings are coming off their first win of the season and look to make it number 2 agasint Carolina at home. The Vikings have been in the news lately with the signing of quarterback Josh Freeman and the extension of defensive end Brian Robison. Here are some key issues to follow heading into and...
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