Christian Ponder might start at quarterback for Vikings this week; Josh Freeman has a concussion

The Minnesota Vikings might have to go back to Christian Ponder at quarterback, but not because Josh Freeman's debacle on Monday night cost him the job.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the surprising revelation on Wednesday that Freeman has a concussion, and the team is moving forward as if he won't be available Sunday against Green Bay. That would give Ponder another chance to start.

On Tuesday the Vikings said that Freeman would start again, but they likely didn't know about Freeman's concussion. It also could explain why Freeman was so off on Monday against the Giants, completing just 20-of-53 passes and overthrowing his intended receiver a staggering 16 times. Freeman finished the game and there was never any sign during the game that he suffered a concussion.

If Freeman isn't cleared to play before Sunday and Ponder starts, it's a huge opportunity for Ponder to reclaim the job. He has just two touchdowns and five interceptions this season, and the team seems more than ready to move on from him after two-plus seasons, but given the sorry state of the Vikings' quarterbacks one great performance against rival Green Bay would probably be enough to get his job back.

Whether Ponder is still capable of that great performance remains to be seen.

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