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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Is T-Jack injury-prone?

For a quarterback whose NFL resume includes just eight games and six starts, Tarvaris Jackson has suffered more than his share of injuries in the last two seasons, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell admits it's a potential concern.

"That's a tough thing," Bevell said. "I spent six years with a guy (Green Bay QB Brett Favre) that didn't miss anything. That didn't mean he wasn't hurt. There were times that some of them were serious, some of them weren't. You start to think it's a concern any time that a guy, whether it's a quarterback or whether it's any other position, has a skill level but can't keep it on the field."

In addition to the fractured right index finger that is expected to sideline him this week, Jackson has had two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee and a strained groin muscle that cost him two starts earlier this season.

On the other hand, he never missed a game due to injury in college and he hasn't been in the NFL long enough to draw any definite conclusions.

"Sometimes you have to say they're very legit injuries," Bevell said. "You have to look at that. Or is it one where, hey, this guy just always has something? We're still early with him, really in terms of anything. I think that was the sixth start that he had in the last game so he’s still young in his career. There's still things that he's working on. We'll just have to see how much these injuries affect him or continue to happen."

Notes: Running back Chester Taylor made a surprise appearance on Wednesday's injury report with a groin injury, but Bevell indicated that it's nothing serious.

"As far as I know, I think it was just coming out of the game," he said. "Sometimes you don't know about them for a couple days, but I don't think it's much to be worried about. He's got plenty of time to rehab and try to overcome it."

Despite a shaky game at Dallas, Bobby Wade apparently will continue as the Vikings' punt returner. "I'm very confident in Bobby's hands," special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro said.


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