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Freeman to start at QB for Vikings Monday night

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Less than two weeks after the Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Freeman, the fifth-year quarterback will start on Monday night against the New York Giants.

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"We're going to see how the week goes, but our anticipation is, he'll perform well," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday morning.

Frazier also indicated that Christian Ponder, who has been sidelined with a rib injury, will be the backup behind Freeman.

In Wednesday's practice, Freeman worked with the first-team offense during individual and group drills, followed by Ponder and Matt Cassel.

Cassel started the past two games while Ponder was out, leading the Vikings to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29 before struggling in a loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

The 25-year-old Freeman joined the Vikings on Oct. 8 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him five days earlier. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota.

The former Buccaneers starter was benched at Tampa Bay and replaced by rookie Mike Glennon because of ineffectiveness and also after a public disagreement with coach Greg Schiano. In three starts this year for the Bucs, Freeman had thrown two touchdown passes and three interceptions, and had a 59.3 passer rating.

Freeman, a 2009 first-round NFL Draft pick, started 47 games for the Buccaneers between 2010 and 2012. Last season, he passed for 4,065 yards with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

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