Christian Ponder cleared but Matt Cassel will start for Vikings



Matt Cassel will continue to operate as the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings this weekend even as Christian Ponder has been cleared to return to the field following a rib injury.

With Cassel under center the Vikings won their first game of the season against Pittsburgh on Sept. 29. After a bye week head coach Leslie Frazier is opting to stick with Cassel this weekend against Carolina.

Cassel was 16-of-25 (64.0 percent) for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against Pittsburgh.

How long of a leash Cassel will have is also a question in Minnesota after the Vikings signed free agent Josh Freeman this week.

It is looking doubtful that Ponder, a former 12th overall pick, will throw another pass for the Vikings.