NFL Notes: Bucs bench Freeman for Week 4

NFL Notes: Bucs bench Freeman for Week 4
September 25, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Josh Freeman has thrown four touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his last six games, dating back to last season. (USA Today Images)

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Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon for Week 4, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Glennon played four years of college football at NC State and was selected 73rd overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. In his senior year, Glennon threw for over 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, leading the Wolfpack to a 7-6 record.

The Bucs, who enter this week's home game against Arizona Cardinals with an 0-3 record, are hoping Glennon can perform better than Freeman has this season. Through the first three games, Freeman completed just 46 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two).

The move comes just three days after Schiano told reporters in his post-game press conference that he did not consider benching Freeman during the Bucs' 23-3 loss to the Patriots. 

Vikings: Ponder's status uncertain for London game
WATFORD, England -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's playing status for Sunday's NFL game in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt because of a rib injury.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that practice on Wednesday will "be a big signal in what direction we'll have to go," with a decision expected by Friday.

"He's fighting through a little pain," Frazier said at the team's base outside London. "We're going to see how he does in practice. He'll be limited today and we'll talk (Thursday), but the fact he was able to finish the game (against Cleveland) was a good sign for us.

"Hopefully, there won't be any long-term effects."

Backup quarterback Matt Cassell is ready to step in if Ponder, who was injured early in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Browns, is ruled out of the game at Wembley Stadium (see full story).

Browns: Hoyer earns another start
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his second straight start this week against Cincinnati.

Filling in for an injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer led the Browns to a 31-27 win on Sunday at Minnesota. Hoyer, who began the season as Cleveland's third-string quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his second career start.

Coach Rob Chudzinski will play him again because Weeden has not completely recovered from a sprained right thumb. Chudzinski expects Weeden will throw this week and he'll evaluate the quarterback situation on a "week to week basis" (see full story).