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Monday, October 22, 2007

T-Jack hopeful; Holcomb ready

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said he hopes to play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia, despite a fractured right index finger.

Jackson said he suffered the injury while throwing a pass during the third quarter of Sunday's 24-14 loss at Dallas when he hit a Cowboys player's "arm or something like that."

Jackson said he couldn't remember the exact play but that he reinjured the finger on the Vikings' final drive when he was sacked by Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis.

Coach Brad Childress said Jackson suffered an avulsion fracture, which defines 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 was wearing a splint on his finger and said the fracture is just above the knuckle.

Asked whether he thinks he can play Sunday, Jackson said: "I just know it's broken. I don't know exactly how bad it is or if I can play with it. They say I can play with it so it just depends on how I'm able to grip the football and throw the football."

Jackson said the finger was too swollen today to throw a football but that he will be at the facility Tuesday to have the injury reevaluated and hopes it feels good enough to practice Wednesday.

Because he suffered the injury so late in the game, Jackson said it had no effect on his 6-for-19, 72-yard passing performance against the Cowboys.

Holcomb, who lost his only two starts against Kansas City and Green Bay earlier this season with Jackson sidelined by a strained groin muscle, said: "Tarvaris is a pretty tough guy. ... I think if he can play, he'll play."

But if he isn't, Holcomb said he would welcome another starting opportunity, especially against his former Eagles teammates.

"If it happens this week, I'll be ready," he said.


Blogger Jerami said...

He can't throw with all his fingers how is going to throw with a broken one? Or maybe it will help?

7:43 AM  

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