MINNEAPOLIS, MN (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Um … scratch Josh Freeman. After saying the quarterback would start on Sunday night, Minnesota Vikings’ coach Leslie Frazier said today that Freeman has a concussion. If he’s not cleared by an independent doctor to return by Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers will most likely see Opening Day starter Christian Ponder when the Pack takes on the Vikes in Minneapolis.
Freeman struggled to throw for 190 yards with an interception in Monday night’s 23-to-7 Minnesota loss to the Giants at New York. He finished the game, and there were no apparent signs that he suffered a concussion at that time. Ponder has thrown two touchdown passes with five I-N-T’s this season.
Meanwhile, the Packers got some good injury news today when starting inside linebacker Brad Jones and running back James Starks both returned to practice for the first time in a few weeks. Starks is coming off a knee injury. Jones has had a bad hamstring. Corners Jarrett Bush and Casey Hayward also practiced, both trying to get over hamstring injuries. Receiver James Jones did not practice.