Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Friday what was widely expected, keeping Cassel in the lineup after he helped the Vikings get their first victory of the season with a solid performance in London against Pittsburgh. Christian Ponder sat out that game because of a broken rib.
Ponder was cleared to play this Sunday against Carolina. Despite Frazier's earlier insistence that Ponder was the starter when healthy, the Vikings decided to make the former first-round draft pick the backup the same week they signed ex-Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman for still another option.
The Vikings also listed kicker Blair Walsh as questionable for Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring.
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