I've Got a Secret

Vikings coach Brad Childress wouldn't reveal his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at his Wednesday press conference. Nor would he discuss the offensive line, the running back situation or confirm that the sun rises in the east.

The games that Brad Childress plays in the name of competitive advantage took center stage Wednesday at his press conference when he refused to announce his starter for Sunday – although amateur reporting sleuths have deciphered from words from rookie Tarvaris Jackson that Johnson has held on to the starting job for one more week.

When asked if he was going to announce his starting QB, Childress balked.

"Later in the week is when I'm going to make the decision," Childress said. "I'm probably not going to share that with you just because I'm not competitively going to do that. Both of those guys have got to take reps and they will take reps."

When asked if he had already made the decision, he simply answered, "Yeah, I have." He gave an identical answer when asked if he had informed the quarterback that he would be starting. When asked if the starter vs. the Lions on Sunday would be the starter the rest of the year, Childress simply said, "I wish I had a crystal ball."

ESPN.com and, subsequently other national media outlets, reported that Johnson has held on to the starting job, but declined to name a source that would verify that information, claiming that Johnson still has the job despite not telling the media at his press conference. But as far as Childress is concerned, the secret is still safe.

THURSDAY NOTES
* For those hoping for answers to the health status of offensive linemen Artis Hicks and Marcus Johnson, Chilly was cold as ice again.

"We'll have to see about that," Childress said. "I'm not going to share that with you. You'll probably have to look at that at game time. Artis is going to try to go today and see what he can do, particularly in some of that contact work because that's what the game is. Then Marcus is going to try to go as well."
* For fantasy football players hoping to get an insight as to whether Chester Taylor would be good to go Sunday with bruised ribs, you guessed it, there was no firm answer coming. He is listed as doubtful on the initial injury report.
* Perhaps Childress gave an indication as to the severity of Brooks Bollinger's injury. Not only did he say Bollinger was having trouble lifting his shoulder – never a good sign for a QB -- the Vikings re-signed Drew Henson to the practice squad Wednesday. To make room for Henson, the team cut guard Jimmy Martin from the practice squad.
* The Lions will be without All-Pro defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who was placed on injured reserve, and cornerback Fernando Bryant, who was injured on a hit by teammate Ernie Sims.

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