Monday, November 20, 2017
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Concussion symptoms sideline ex-Buc Freeman

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman has concussion-like symptoms, leaving Christian Ponder as the likely starter for Sunday's game, the team said Wednesday.

"You want to know who is going to be lining up week-in and week-out," coach Leslie Frazier said. "But that's the circumstance where we are, and Christian will do a good job for us."

In his Vikings debut Monday, Freeman was 20-of-53 for 193 yards and an interception. The former Bucs quarterback believes he was hurt in the third quarter but didn't tell the team, according to espn.com. Frazier said Freeman didn't say anything about symptoms until Tuesday. Freeman was unavailable for comment after practice.

Ponder started the first three games, missed one with a broken rib then sat behind Matt Cassel.

"It's an opportunity to get back in the saddle and be more vocal and take a hold of this position because I don't want to give it back," the former FSU quarterback said.

More QB starters

• Jason Campbell will replace Brandon Weeden for the Browns. Weeden is 43-of-85 for 441 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions over the past two games (both losses). Campbell started one game last season (for the Bears).

• The Jaguars will stick with Chad Henne. Blaine Gabbert, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury, "should be No. 2," coach Gus Bradley said.

• The Eagles' Michael Vick, dealing with a sore hamstring, got through a second straight practice with no setbacks, but his status won't be determined until Friday at the earliest. Nick Foles sustained a concussion Sunday.

Jets-Pats spat: Jets coach Rex Ryan denied Patriots coach Bill Belichick's allegation that New York used a push technique on field goals similar to the one that cost the Patriots on Sunday. Belichick was asked if he was bothered by a report that the Jets alerted officials to the Patriots pushing players into the opponents formation, which is a 15-yard penalty. "Since they were using the play themselves, I don't even know about all that," he said. Belichick disagreed with the call after the game, backtracked Monday, then accused the Jets on Tuesday. "He's got to make up his mind," Ryan said. "Was he aware of this thing? The fact is we're moving on. We earned that victory plain and simple."

More Patriots: Defensive tackle Andre Carter signed. He had 10 sacks for New England in 2011 and 21/2 for Oakland in 2012.

Bills: Running back C.J. Spiller is questionable for Sunday. He hasn't missed a game since hurting his left ankle Sept. 29 against the Ravens but has just 24 carries over his past three games.

Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning missed practice with a sore ankle but is expected to return today.

Falcons: Running back Steven Jackson, out four games with a hamstring injury, practiced and said he feels ready to "give it a go" Sunday. Left tackle Sam Baker, out two games with a knee injury, also practiced, but his status has not been determined.

Giants: Starting center David Baas went on season-ending injured reserve two days after hurting his left knee for the second time this season.

Lions: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said he hasn't decided whether to accept the NFL's offer to discuss discipline next week, when the team is off. Last week, he was fined $31,500 for a late hit. It was his second fine in 2012 and seventh over his four seasons.

Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy said tight end Jermichael Finley is making progress from a neck injury but is seeking more opinions from specialists. Finley remained in a hospital after getting hurt Sunday.

Redskins: Safety Brandon Meriweather's suspension for repeated hits to the head and neck of defenseless players was reduced from two games to one after he appealed.

Saints: Tight end Jimmy Graham, hobbled by a sore ankle for most of the season, did not practice. His status will be determined later this week.

Jurisprudence: Jesse Tyrone Chavful, cousin of former NFL receiver Sam Hurd, received eight years in prison for his role in trying to set up a drug distribution ring. Hurd pleaded guilty to trying to buy cocaine and mari­juana. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13.

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