QB Patrick Ramsey is expected to join the Vikings on Thursday, and he might end up starting because of a stable of injured and inexperienced quarterbacks.
On Monday night, Brett Favre
's consecutive games started streak ended at 321(including the playoffs) – unlike the NFL, I believe playoff starts are a little more important than starting 19 straight Week 3 games in his career. Next Monday night, Tarvaris Jackson
's latest streak may end at one.
As the Vikings try to limp (literally) through the final three games of the 2010 season, playing more for pride to finish .500 than anything else, they may have to so with Patrick Ramsey, who is expected to join the team today.
In his first three seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2002 as the quarterback of the future, Ramsey played in 29 games his first three seasons, making 23 starts. In the six years since, he has played with seven teams – Washington, the Jets, Denver, Tennessee, Detroit, Jacksonville and Miami. In that span, he has been active for just eight games and made just one start. In the last two years alone, the Vikings are his fifth team. In 2009, he was on the Lions and Titans rosters, but never played. This year, he was on the roster of the Jaguars and Dolphins, but, once again, wasn't active.
However, as it currently stands, if you were a gambler, Ramsey may have as much a chance of starting as either Favre or Jackson. Where Favre's regular-season consecutive-games streak ended at 297, Jackson has yet to be able to string together anything even resembling a modest consecutive games streak. His first streak started in his rookie season of 2006 and spilled over into 2007. It was four games. His next streak was two games. Then one. He then strung together the longest streak of his career at nine games – the final seven games of the 2007 season and the first two of 2008. That streak ended not because of an injury, but because he stunk out the joint in the first two games of 2008 and Brad Childress replaced him with Gus Frerotte. He ran a streak of four games to close out the 2008. When he went clown-car against the Eagles in a home playoff loss, the search for a replacement began.
Sage Rosenfels was supposed to be the contender for the throne. Then Favre arrived and Jackson's next career start came last week. For the record, the career consecutive start streaks sit at 4-2-1-9-4-1.
Warm up, Patrick. You may be needed Monday.
It was expected that the Vikings would put Favre on injured reserve if they signed a veteran QB, but he has yet to placed on I.R. and there is some speculation that, if he shows signs of improvement, he may get back on the field again. Considering the weather conditions expected Monday, Favre may not want to get back out there to take another beating.
On another Favre matter, Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to rule soon on whether any punishment is going to be handed out to Brett Favre. The big issue at this point seems to be the credibility of Jenn Sterger, who waited two years to disclose the alleged sexual harassment and did so only when Favre was making national headlines by returning to the Vikings for the 2010 season and did so through a tabloid website. Either way, a ruling is expected before the end of the season.
While the Vikings have begun preparations to play at TCF Bank Stadium, as of Wednesday night, the NFL had not yet officially signed off on approving the stadium for a game site for Monday Night Football.
The Vikings return to practice today. Because they are playing Monday night, their typical Wednesday practice – the first in which injury reports begin to be compiled – won't happen until today. The final injury report for the Vikings and Bears will be released Saturday.
The Vikings and the gang trying to blow the breath of life into the nostrils of TCF Bank Stadium made an unusual appeal Wednesday – that was eventually amended. They were looking for volunteers to shovel out the seats buried under last weekend's record-worthy dome-collapsing blizzard. What'd it pay? Nothing, at first. The Vikings later issued a press release stating that the University of Minnesota was looking for "Individuals for Paid Shoveling Opportunities." Where are those wool socks?
A new Vikings stadium bill is expected to hit the floor of the Minnesota State Legislature. Considering it could be introduced a month after the roof of the Metrodome roof collapsed, the impetus to put that old horse down may gain some previous unexpected support.
On Monday night, Chad Greenway made an aggressive tackle on Giants wide receiver Steve Smith, who went down awkwardly after being hit high by Greenway. As it turned out, the play ended his season. Smith went on injured reserve Wednesday with a torn meniscus that will require season-ending surgery.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.