George is Curious

When last seen, Jeff George was waiting behind the likes of trivia answer Chad Hutchinson for playing time in Chicago. Tuesday he let it be known that he is still available.

The life of a veteran backup quarterback is one that calls for being ready at a moment's notice. For those who have perfected that craft, like Doug Flutie or Vinny Testaverde, it also means being ready even if you're not on an NFL roster.

In a radio interview Tuesday, which may have been at his own urging, former Viking Jeff George wanted to make it known that he is available and would love to come back and try to rekindle some of the old magic.

"My heart is still in Minnesota," George said. "I know that Brad Johnson is the quarterback there and I understand that and support him. But if he gets dinged up, I think I could help and maybe bring back some of the same feeling we had in 1999."

That year the Vikings drafted Culpepper with a draft choice acquired by trading Johnson to the Redskins. George would later follow - making him the third straight former Vikings QB that sought his fortune in Washington, following Rich Gannon and Johnson. After Randall Cunningham got off to a slow start, George rallied the Vikings to eight wins in the final 10 games of the season and brought them back to the playoffs after a 2-4 start.

* The Vikings made it clear that, for this week anyway, there is no plan to make a move for a quarterback. Culpepper was placed on injured reserve and replaced on the 53-man roster by RB Adimchinobe Echimandu.
* The Vikings will be just one of three teams that only carries two quarterbacks. The Colts and Broncos are the only other two teams that don't have three QBs on the 53-man roster.
* The Vikings made a pair of practice squad moves Tuesday. The team signed CB Ukee Dozier to replace Echimandu and signed WR Kelvin Kight. In the process, the team released WR Jason Anderson.

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