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Vikings name Freeman starting QB: Cassel drops to number 3

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the New York Giants.

And for Matt Cassel, the word is two starts and out.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier officially announced after practice Wednesday that Freeman will get the start, Christian Ponder will be the primary backup and Cassel is number 3 after the team bombed against Carolina Sunday.

Freeman will be the third starter in the last four games for Minnesota, assuming he makes it through the week without problems. He was cut by Tampa Bay on Oct. 3 and signed by Minnesota five days later.

The 25-year-old started 59 games over four-plus seasons with the Buccaneers. The former first-round draft pick got a one-year contract with the Vikings (1-4).

Running back Adrian Peterson was missing from practice because of an undisclosed personal matter. Frazier said he expected the All-Pro back on Thursday.

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