While the Minnesota Vikings officially ruled quarterback Josh Freeman out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, a prominent football analyst questioned the legitimacy of Freeman's head injury.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Thursday that Freeman passed a portion of the NFL-mandated concussion protocol, meaning the quarterback could practice Friday, but he said Freeman would sit out the Sunday night game.
Also Thursday, NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison offered his view of Freeman's health.
"I can't say that I believe that he has a concussion," he said on the Amani & Eytan Show on NBC Sports Radio. "I can't say that I'm 100 percent sold out. I'm not trying to doubt the seriousness of his injury, if he has one, but it just seems like a convenient excuse to get out of a situation. That's what it seems like. ...
"I played safety at a high level for a long time and I was bangin' and I never missed a game because of a concussion, so it just seems like an excuse to me."
Freeman played poorly Monday night against the New York Giants in his Vikings debut, completing 20 of 53 passes for 193 yards an interception. Freeman said the injury occurred during the third quarter, but he did not tell the team about any symptoms until Tuesday.
Christian Ponder will regain the starting quarterback role in Freeman's absence Sunday.