• Frazier says Cassel or Ponder will start on Sunday

    Summary of 23 articles · Updated Oct 11, 2013
    Ponder said Frazier told him about the switch Thursday, and Frazier officially informed Cassel on Friday. "It's exciting," Cassel said. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that Matt Cassel would start Sunday against the Panthers and Christian Ponder would be the backup. When Ponder first suffered his rib injury in Week Three, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder would be the starter when healthy. "I think it's always tough when you make a change at quarterback," Frazier said. A few minutes later, Frazier said he hasn’t made a decision on his starter and that he plans to do so Friday. He also said that he talked to both his quarterbacks this morning about the move, didn’t think it would disrupt team chemistry, and said that Ponder had a bright future with the team. Well, one of them better. During a conference call with reporters Monday night, Spielman tried to paint the move to acquire Freeman as purely a move to improve the overall collection of talent on their roster and not an indication of any lessened faith in their former first-round pick. “I’ve spoken with Christian. I’ve spoken with Matt.
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      Source: yahoo.com
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      Source: ESPN.com
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