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Monday, October 22, 2007

Jackson has fractured finger

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a fractured finger on his right (passing) hand during Sunday's 24-14 loss at Dallas, coach Brad Childress revealed today, but will start this week's game against Philadelphia, if healthy.

Childress said Jackson suffered an avulsion fracture to the index finger of his right hand but wasn't sure when the injury occurred.

"I have not talked to him about that yet," Childress said. "I'll see him here in about 15 minutes. He didn't indicate to me or anybody else (during the game) that I'm aware of." defines an avulsion fracture as an injury to the bone in a place where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone. When an avulsion fracture occurs, the tendon or ligament pulls off a piece of the bone.

Jackson completed just 6 of 19 passes for 72 yards against the Cowboys and finished with a passer rating of 44.2.

Childress said he never really thought about a quarterback switch to Kelly Holcomb during that game and that Jackson will start against the Eagles, depending on his ability to handle the football during practice.

"If he can do all the things he needs to be able to do physically and mentally, yeah," Childress said.

In other injury news, Childress said the team will continue to evaluate safety Dwight Smith, defensive end Erasmus James, linebacker Vinny Ciurciu and fullback Naufahu Tahi, who were inactive Sunday because of injuries.

Childress said he won't rush Smith, who has been bothered for weeks by a hamstring injury.


Blogger mark said...

This is unbelievable. I'm 37 years old and have been a fan as long as I can remember. I have been sitting through this junk for years and now I have dragged my 10 year old son into the mix. We even made the trip to Kansas City. My son asked me why we watch this team. Childress needs to go. How can you have the best player on the field in Adrian Peterson and only give him the ball 13 times? 25% of those carries came on the time they scored! It just doesn't make sense. Are there any quarterbacks out there that are willing to put their head on a platter and join the Vikings?

3:00 PM  
Blogger Cody said...

Eight years. This is how long we've been hurting Viking fans. Our problems existed long before Childress was given the keys to our great franchise, but like a wild fire, his presence has intensified and further pushed our club into yet another, "DOOMED SEASON!" Like you Viking fans, I too was upset when we drafted an unknown quarterback, from a lower division school (Tarvaris Jackson). I too, was stunned when we traded our most effective playmaker (Randy Moss) for little in return. However, we do have potential. Lets pray to the "Big Guns" upstairs we choose a quarterback that we all know and respect in next years NFL draft. Like all Viking fans, I too am waiting for the day we have "both" a good offense to complement a good defense (or vise-versa). Now we need our front office and coaching staff, if not a new coaching staff, to put the pieces together.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Childress appears in way over his head to be the head coach. He's backing a player that is horrible right now and under utilizing a player who is great right now. OK, split carries but at the least it should be 75% - 25%, not 50-50. I'm sorry T-Jax, but you're no where close to being an NFL quarterback. Some of the throws, well most of the throws, I saw him make Sunday were awful. The Vikings' receivers may not be great, but we really don't have any idea because the Q is that bad. Zygi, please make some changes. I don't know if you even realize it, but this team is not that bad. They're actually pretty decent with the exception of some personnel, namely the head coach.

7:04 AM  

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