The decision to sign quarterback Josh Freeman to an affordable, one-year contract was a no-brainer for the Vikings. If he fails to establish himself as an answer at the position, then little is lost, and they can let him factor into the their compensatory pick equation following this season. If he does succeed then they get first dibs on him moving forward. Another possible result of the acquisition is added pressure on Christian Ponder to step up his game and it looks like Sunday we will see if that theory holds any water at all.
Only a few weeks after Ponder’s injury that sidelined him seemed to magically appear out of nowhere mid-week, the Vikings announced Wednesday that Josh Freeman has a concussion and it sounds like Ponder will regain his starting job because of it, as this team prepares to play Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.
“[Freeman] obviously won’t be able to practice today, so he loses a day,” Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “And when you consider the amount of time that he’s missed, it probably is going to be difficult. And also, looking at the history of guys who have concussions on the short week that are able to get cleared for Sundays, we’ll have to proceed as if he’s not going to make it.”
“There was nothing on the sidelines or during the game that made us ask him, ‘Are you all right?’” Frazier said (confirming that he wasn’t, you know, watching the game being played). “He didn’t say anything about it during the game or even postgame.”
Ponder vows to be more relaxed during his latest opportunity to lead the Vikings.
“I already got benched,” he said, “so it can’t get worse than that.”