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Rodney Harrison skeptical of Vikings QB Josh Freeman's concussion

By John Breech |

Rodney Harrison isn't convinced that Josh Freeman has a concussion. (USATSI)
Rodney Harrison isn't convinced that Josh Freeman has a concussion. (USATSI)

Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman won't play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday because of a concussion he suffered in Minnesota's loss to the Giants on Monday night. However, not everyone's convinced Freeman has a concussion.

Former Patriot safety Rodney Harrison thinks Freeman might be faking it to get out of a bad situation in Minnesota.

"I can't say that I believe he has a concussion," Harrison told NBC Sports Radio, via Awful Announcing. "I can't say that I'm 100 percent sold out. I'm not trying to doubt the seriousness of his injury if he has one, but it just seems like a convenient excuse to get out of a situation. That's what it seems like."

Freeman just signed with the Vikings on Oct. 7 and Harrison seems to think Freeman might be regretting signing with Minnesota.

"Maybe's he's looking around and saying, 'You know, maybe Greg Jennings isn't as good as I thought... Adrian Peterson is struggling. Heck I just want out of this situation, I can't wait for the end of the season,'" Harrison said. "I played safety at a high level for a long time and I was bangin' and I never missed a game because of a concussion so it just seems like an excuse to me."

The announcement of Freeman's concussion came out of nowhere on Wednesday. Just one day earlier, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier had announced that Freeman would be the team's starting quarterback against the Packers on Sunday. Now, Freeman won't even be suiting up for the game.

Freeman's start against the Giants wasn't just bad, it was bad by historical standards. The fifth-year quaterback finished 20 of 53 for 193 yards and became only the fifth quarterback since 1960 to throw 50 or more passes in a game, but not reach the 200-yard mark.

With Freeman out, Christian Ponder is expected to start for the Vikings.

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