Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ponder Not Cleared To Play, Cassel Likely To Start

Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.   As of this writing, he has not yet been medically cleared as ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported through Twitter.

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) rushes against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Leslie Frazier said that if Ponder is unable to play that backup Matt Cassel would be the starter on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.  Cassel has led the Vikings to all three of their wins this year (against Pittsburgh, Washington, and Chicago) and appears to be the quarterback that gives this squad their best chance to win going forward.

With Cassel the likely starter on Sunday, that would make first year Viking Josh Freeman his backup.  Freeman hasn’t seen action since earlier this year when he had an embarrassing game against the New York Giants on prime time television.

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