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Christian Ponder to start vs. Packers

Updated: October 24, 2013, 7:16 PM ET
By Ben Goessling | ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman has cleared part of the NFL's concussion protocol, and could practice on Friday, but will be inactive on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, coach Leslie Frazier said.

That means Christian Ponder officially will start on Sunday for the Vikings. Minnesota has been preparing for Ponder to start, but there was still a chance Freeman could regain the starting role if he was cleared for contact in time.

However, ...

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