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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Eden Prairie, MN - Three days after being diagnosed with concussion like symptoms, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman returned to practice Friday afternoon and took part during the first session on a limited basis.
Freeman, who filled in as starter for Minnesota in last week's loss to the Giants, believes that he suffered the injury sometimes during the third quarter of that game although he could not pinpoint the precise play. Regardless, upon arriving in Minneapolis early Tuesday morning, Freeman said he began exhibiting concussion related symptoms. He tried to sleep it off but when he awoke later in the day on Tuesday, Freeman headed into to meet with the training staff at Winter Park where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
"I really didn't start feeling the symptoms until we got off the plane the next morning," Freeman said on Friday. "I just learned this talking to the doctors, but oftentimes with concussions they don't really start showing noticeable symptoms until hours later. That was the case on Monday night and really Tuesday morning is when I got the full onslaught of symptoms. In the game, when you're focused and locked in on your job, oftentimes the man concussed is the last to really truly notice anything is off."
Freeman said that he got "a little knock" back in college but that this was his first concussion in the NFL. Now that he's more aware of the symptoms, he said that he'll be on the lookout in hopes to protect his long-term health.
"The NFL does a great job [handling concussions]," Freeman explained. "They set up the measures in place to make sure you're 100 percent clear before you get the go-ahead. I've been doing a lot of test. I had an MRI. A lot of numbers, a lot of different activities making sure that my mind is right. I've really appreciated how the coaches have handled it. It's been kind of, OK, alright, take your time, feel it out. It hasn't been, 'Hurry up and get back.' They've treated it and handled this situation very professionally in allowing me to get back at my own pace, which is, with any head injuries a necessary step."
Although Freeman has been cleared to return to practice, the lack of preparation on the short week for the Green Bay Packers will force Coach Frazier to leave Josh inactive for this weekend's game.
"My role for the game? I've got to any way I can help Christian out there," Josh said. "He had an excellent week of practice. He's dropping dimes left and right. I know everybody is excited about moving forward."
As for the weeks ahead, Leslie Frazier and the Vikings will continue to assess their quarterback situation one week at a time. This is their fourth quarterback change of the season but they feel no pressure or hurry to name a long-term starting quarterback at this point.
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