By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback carousel continues.
The Vikings have already used Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman this season in the first 10 weeks of the NFL season. Now, Ponder is hurt once again and Cassel has the confidence of head coach Leslie Frazier.
On Thursday night against the Washington Redskins, Ponder suffered a dislocated left shoulder after taking a hurt hit by a Redskins defender.
After leaving the game and being replaced by Cassel, the Vikings have not announced when Ponder will return. He is expected to undergo more tests today.
Ponder said that he would like to return for Week 11. But that’s just a stretch, as he tries to take back the job he lost for the second time this season due to injuries.
This could be another excuse for the Vikings to give the ball to Freeman. He was the starter shortly after signing with the team, then lost the job to Ponder.
Now, Freeman may get the call against next week, as the team continues to evaluate the quarterback, who signed with them after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But with that being said, Freeman was not the player that got the call when Ponder got hurt, it was Cassel, who has served mainly as a back up this season.
In replace of Ponder, Cassel went 4-for-6 for 47 yards and he managed the Vikings for two drives. Ponder went 17-for-21 for a 174 yards and two touchdowns and an interception before leaving the game.
Next weekend, the Vikings travel to the Seattle Seahawks.