Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will "more than likely" start on Sunday at home against the Green Bay Packers, head coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday.
The Vikings debuted quarterback Josh Freeman on Monday night in a disastrous 23-7 loss to the New York Giants, but he took a hard hit the third quarter, Frazier said.
Freeman completed 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards on Monday and 16 of his 33 incompletions were overthrown. Frazier still said he planned to start him when asked on Tuesday.
Yet, when Freeman returned to Winter Park on Wednesday, he informed the training staff that he wasn't feeling right and was still experiencing symptoms.
Freeman must now go through NFL procedures for concussion injuries before he can return to action, and with a short week, the team can't be sure he'll be back on the field by Sunday.
Ponder, who started the first three games of the season before he was injured, was back with the first team offense on Wednesday, and he said he's more than ready to take his old job back.
"It's been an interesting ride," Ponder said. "Obviously, it swung away from me. Swings back, it's time to grab a hold of it and not let it swing away from me again. It's been, obviously, up and down. I mean, I think it's true to say that I was frustrated and down, but I didn't let that effect me. I know this is an opportunity to step back and improve on some things, and I did. Again, it's gotta translate out to the field though, and I'm excited."
If things don't go well, some have predicted that Sunday may mark the last time Ponder starts for the Vikings -- and the team's revolving door of quarterbacks has already become the butt of many jokes, particularly on Twitter.
Mike Brown took a jab at the concussion report, sending a tweet that read, "Don't worry, Josh Freeman. My head would hurt too if I knew I had to play the packers on the big stage Sunday night."
Bog Koegh quipped that a concussion could explain the historically horrible play on Monday night with his tweet that said, "Assuming Freeman got that concussion on his first snap against The Giants, that would explain the other 59 minutes of the game."
Yet, Ryan Wilson's Tweet captured what a lot of disenchanted Vikings fans are feeling. He wrote, "I'm not sure if Ponder starting over Freeman will have any effect on the Packers' guaranteed win Sunday."