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Monday, August 27, 2007

QB talk

Brooks Bollinger knows he had a bad game Saturday night. He just hopes it doesn't cost him his job as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback.

"Obviously, I would have liked to play better and would have liked to help our team win the football game," Bollinger said of his two-interception performance at Seattle. "Like I said, I'm not doing anything other than learning from the tape and moving forward."

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Bollinger made an uncharacteristic mistake by taking a five-step drop instead of three on the first interception, which Seahawks cornerback Kevin Hobbs returned 39 yards for a touchdown, but that he still has confidence in the fifth-year pro.

The Vikings reportedly are one of four teams that have contacted the Philadelphia Eagles regarding veteran backup Kelly Holcomb, but Bevell said he's focused on coaching the three quarterbacks on the roster, including starter Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Tyler Thigpen.

"Now if personnel ends up doing something else, then that's up to them and the choices that they make," Bevell said, "and then we'll coach the guys that get here."

Bollinger said he's aware of the Holcomb rumors but not concerned.

"It's out of my control and I don't worry about it," he said. "All I can do today is show up and get myself better and do what I can do to help this offense do better on Thursday night (against Dallas)."

In other news, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he expects Kenechi Udeze to start at left end in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Atlanta and that rookie linebacker Cameron Siskowic returned to Minnesota on Sunday night after spending Saturday night in a Seattle hospital.

Siskowic had to be taken off the field by ambulance after suffering a possible neck or back injury, but tests so far have indicated nothing serious, although Frazier said he continues to undergo evaluations.


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