Friday, January 19, 2018
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Vikings coach standing by Freeman

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Josh Freeman's debut with the Vikings was as ragged as could be, a 20-for-53 performance that produced no points on offense and raised further questions about how quickly he became the starting quarterback.

Coach Leslie Frazier expressed no day-after regret. The former Buc was the right pick to play, Frazier said, and the job is still his this week.

"If I had to do it over again, I don't think I'd do it any differently under the circumstances. I knew exactly why we made the decision. I felt very confident going into the ballgame with the decision," Frazier said Tuesday. "It didn't work out for us this time."

The Vikings signed Freeman shortly after he was cut by Tampa Bay and less than two weeks before his prime-time showing Monday against the Giants, a 23-7 defeat that had analysts, fans and ex-players mocking the quality of play.

"This is the worst sporting event ever broadcasted," former Vikings left guard Steve Hutchinson said on Twitter during the game.

Though Freeman looked lost and overwhelmed, Frazier said he believed the 25-year-old's troubles stemmed from physical mistakes, not a lack of understanding of the playbook.

"There were definitely plays there to be made that from a lot of different standpoints were just a fraction off," Freeman said after the game.

WAYNE TO IR: Two days after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne went on season-ending injured reserve for the first time in his 13-year career.

FINS PROTEST: The Dolphins complained to the NFL about an uncalled violation by the Ravens of an obscure new rule, similar to the one that helped the Jets beat the Patriots. Coach Joe Philbin said he became aware of the infraction watching a tape of the Week 5 game, when Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard kick at the end of a 26-23 loss.

VICK UPBEAT: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury, is hopeful he'll be able to play Sunday against the Giants. "I'm optimistic about it," Vick said after practicing. "I've got a good chance."

FB DISCUSSES ILLNESS: Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson returned to the Seahawks after being cut during training camp, when a serious illness caused him to be hospitalized twice and to lose 30 pounds. Robinson said it was a bad reaction to a prescription medication and dehydration.

RAMS ADD QBs: St. Louis, which lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury, signed Austin Davis and agreed to terms with Brady Quinn to back up new starter Kellen Clemens.

CHARGES IN FIGHT: Three Massachusetts residents and a New York man were charged in an altercation caught on video after Sunday's Jets-Patriots game.

BROWNS: Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia said he called the team and offered his services. Garcia, 43, hasn't started an NFL game in five years.

PACKERS: Tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted that he left the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs after injuring his neck in a game.

SEAHAWKS: Receiver Percy Harvin practiced for the first time since having hip surgery in August but was limited, and his return is still up in the air.

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