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Friday, September 28, 2007

Holcomb, Taylor to start

Kelly Holcomb will get his second straight start at quarterback Sunday for the Vikings, who also will get running back Chester Taylor back for their NFC North showdown against Green Bay.

Coach Brad Childress declined to confirm the Holcomb start but did say, "He's been taking most of the reps and Tarvaris (Jackson) is questionable so you can draw your own logical conclusions from that."

Holcomb, who passed for just 165 yards and was sacked five times in last week's 13-10 loss at Kansas City, said he feels much better heading into his second game.

"Last week was the first time I was in with those guys," he said. "The first time I've been in with the offense, with the receivers. I hadn't played with those guys at all. Most of the guys have gone through minicamps, OTAs, training camp. I wasn't here for all that. It was a little different for me last week, but it's getting better. I'm understanding how guys run routes and how you need to throw it some of them. So it is getting better, yes."

Childress said Taylor would start and split time with rookie Adrian Peterson after missing two games because of a bruised oblique muscle.

"I'm feeling real good," Taylor said. "I thought I had a good week of practice as far as how it feels, knowing I did everything. I'm just looking forward to going in and playing and just helping my team out."

Injury report: For the Vikings, Jackson (strained groin) was the only player listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Troy Williamson (hamstring) is probable and could start, Childress said, depending on the Vikings' opening package.

Safety Dwight Smith (hamstring) and fullback Tony Richardson (forearm) are probable and expected to start.

For the Packers, wide receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day but is probable and expected to play.

Running back Brandon Jackson (shin) is questionable and not expected to play, with DeShawn Wynn and Ryan Grant expected to share the running-back duties.


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