Tom Brady hints Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is in line for start

Vikings QB Matt Cassel in action against the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2013
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Tom Brady lets slip that the Minnesota Vikings may be preparing to use Matt Cassel from the start in their London clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has dropped a hint that Matt Cassel may be in line to take a starting role for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Regular quarterback Christian Ponder came in for criticism during the 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns last weekend, with some sections of the crowd calling for Cassel to replace Ponder midway through the game.

With Ponder now struggling with a rib injury, the Vikings may have no option but to use Cassel against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in their upcoming match.

Brady - who used to have Cassel and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer as back-ups - told reporters on Wednesday: "I'm friends with both those guys. Matt Cassel, who may be starting this weekend. And Brian, I text back and forth."

Cassel was with the Kansas City Chiefs last season and is yet to play a regular season match for the Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings' Christian Ponder in action against Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012
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