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POSTED October 16, 2013 8:49 p.m.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Your turn, Josh Freeman.

Freeman was named the latest starting quarterback for the scuffling Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday. Freeman’s second week with the team will culminate on Monday night with him leading the offense against the New York Giants.

Coach Leslie Frazier also said that Christian Ponder will be the backup, not Matt Cassel, assuming Freeman makes it through the week without problems.

Freeman will be the third starter in the last four games for the Vikings (1-4) and the 11th since Daunte Culpepper’s season-ending knee injury in 2005. Freeman was cut by Tampa Bay on Oct. 3 and signed by Minnesota to a one-year contract five days later.

Freeman started 59 games over four-plus seasons with the Buccaneers. The former first-round draft pick threw for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2010, but has been up and down since.

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