Newcomer Josh Freeman to start for Minnesota Vikings

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Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the New York Giants.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement after practice on Wednesday. Frazier also said that Christian Ponder will be the backup, not Matt Cassel.

“I like the things he’s done in his career, along with what he’s done since he arrived here with our football team, the time he put in, how well he’s adapted to our system,” Frazier said of the former Tampa Bay starter, who was cut by the Bucs on Oct. 3.

LIONS: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 by the league for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Since Detroit selected Suh No. 2 overall in 2010, he has been fined seven times for more than $200,000.

PATRIOTS: Linebacker Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season with the latest serious injury to a defensive star.

The team placed the two-time Pro Bowl player on injured reserve Wednesday, three days after he was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.

BUCCANEERS: Guard Carl Nicks had surgery Tuesday night in the latest attempt to rid him of an MRSA infection in his foot.

Coach Greg Schiano said the surgery came after Nicks got a second opinion by an out-of-town doctor. Schiano said he didn’t have a timetable on Nicks ‘ return.

COWBOYS: Released defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, saying he failed a physical after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. He missed the last six games of 2012 with a sports hernia injury.

Before the season started, the ninth-year pro hinted that there was tension between him and the Dallas training staff after he did most of his rehabilitation work away from team headquarters.

He wasn’t seen all season in the locker room when it was open to reporters.


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