LONDON – Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to their first win of the season – and maybe put himself in position for a more regular role.
Cassel will replace injured starter Christian Ponder at quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Vikings (0-3) ruled out Ponder on Friday with a fractured rib sustained in last weekend’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
We worked with Matt in the mindset that this was a possibility, so I think we’re prepared in that way, coach Leslie Frazier said. He’s been in this role before. His veteran presence – you can feel it. So there was no shock this week as he got more and more reps. I think (the team) will handle it the right way.
I’ve been preparing for this and I feel like I’m ready to go, Cassel said.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 for wearing clips on his helmet visor featuring the Under Armour logo.
Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $31,000 for two unnecessary roughness violations.
Bengals teammate George Iloka was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness fo a hit in the head and neck area.
Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown received $15,750 in fines for two unnecessary roughness violations against Chicago.
Tennessee’s Moise Fokou was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a face mask violation.
Around the league
Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman (knee, groin) is questionable to play against Detroit. Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones paid a $130 fine for disorderly conduct. Cleveland linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) is doubtful to play against Cincinnati. Buffalo cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) will be a game-time decision against Baltimore. The New York Giants will be without starting left guard Chris Snee (hip), center David Baas (neck) and cornerback Corey Webster against Kansas City. Jacksonville will be without safety Dwight Lowery against Indianapolis. New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring) will not play at Tennessee.
San Diego rookie linebacker Manti Te’o is poised to make his regular-season debut against Dallas, who will be without receiver Miles Austin (hamstring). Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion) was approved for full contact in practice. Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) is questionable against New England. Seattle right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and center Max Unger (triceps) are doubtful against Houston.
The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend. A grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, 24, on a single count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd.