Holcomb Coming to Vikes?

The Vikings continue to be part of the Philadelphia scuttlebutt as a potential trade partner with the Eagles for quarterback Kelly Holcomb, who is all but assured to be released this week.

The Vikings offense has struggled somewhat in the preseason, still being outscored by a 2-1 touchdown margin by the team's defense and not having a passing touchdown from any of its quarterbacks. But, is that reason enough for a big change?

Apparently it is, if you believe the Philadelphia media. In published reports in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, the Vikings and Eagles have been involved in talks that would bring quarterback Kelly Holcomb to the team. What the story doesn't say is who would that push out the door in Minnesota.

It's clear the Vikings like the upside of rookie Tyler Thigpen, but is that enough to keep a roster spot open for him? Drew Henson it would appear is headed out the door, but, if the team were to swing a deal for Holcomb, would that mean that Brooks Bollinger would follow Henson or simply become the No. 3 QB?

With the first cut-downs required by Tuesday afternoon, every available roster spot becomes important and teams like the Vikings and Falcons are playing the waiting game. When the time comes for the Eagles to make a move, if they don't have a trade partner, they're going to have to cut Holcomb. Whether the Vikings assure that they have a shot at him or not will likely come down within the next couple of days.

* The cut deadline is set for 3 p.m. Central Time tomorrow. For the first time, the first cut-down is to 75 players and Saturday's second cut to 53 players. In previous years, the first cut was down to 65 players. With 22 players forced to be cut over the weekend, there could be a lot more big names on the waiver wire over the holiday weekend than ever before.
* There were some former Vikings comings and goings from the Jaguars camp Sunday. Former Vikings kicker Aaron Elling was cut by the Jags, while the team signed rookie free agent Joe Anoai, who was released by the Vikings after May minicamp. The team also added veteran linebacker Chris Claiborne, signing him to a one-year deal.
* X-rays and CAT scans on Vikings linebacker Cameron Siskowic were negative after giving the team some nervous moments in the final minutes of Saturday's game with the Seahawks. Siskowic was kept overnight at a local hospital for observation, but was allowed to fly back to the Twin Cities Sunday. Siskowic signed with the Vikings Aug. 14 after Jason Glenn retired as a result of recurring injuries.
* Artis Hicks has started every game at right guard that he has played since joining the Vikings, but Anthony Herrera moved ahead of him on the depth chart Saturday for the first time.
* Safety Mike Doss, who is in a battle for a roster spot at safety, was amnong the inactive players Saturday.

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