Rookie Wynn gets start vs. Packers

Remember Jason Garrett? The Dallas third-string QB was unknown until he started vs. GB on Thanksgiving 1994. It seemed like a lucky break for the then-6-5 Packers to face a green quarterback in place of Troy Aikman. But Garrett threw for 311 yards and two TDs as the Cowboys rallied from a double-digit 3rd quarter deficit to beat Green Bay.<p> Now, has anyone ever heard of Spergon Wynn? The rookie will start for the Vikings at Lambeau Field.<p>

Wynn will fill in for second-stringerTodd Bouman who has been unable to firmly grip the ball since straining a ligament in his right thumb against Detroit Dec. 16. Bouman started the past three weeks in place of the Vikings' lead quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, who suffered a knee injury Nov. 25 and hasn't played since Dec. 2. But Bouman played for only one series last Sunday against Jacksonville after aggravating the thumb. Wynn completed 24 of 39 passes for 218 yards and an interception in relief.

The 23-year old Wynn, a second-year player from Southwest Texas State, will make the second NFL start of his career. He played his rookie season in Cleveland, where he appeared in seven games and started one. The Vikings acquired Wynn in a trade Sept. 3.

Wynn will face a Packer pass rush that has struggled against more savvy QBs, but will be salivating at the chance to add to its 16 sacks vs. Wynn. The Vikings defense has allowed 12 sacks this season. That takes into account Daunte Culpepper's superior ability to escape the pressure and serve as the team's leading rusher.

Bouman didn't practice much until Friday, but Vikings coach Dennis Green still started him against the Jaguars. This week, Green gave Wynn most of the reps. Bouman should be healthy enough to be Wynn's backup against the Packers. Rookie Romaro Miller, signed last week, will serve as third-string quarterback.


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