The chances of Tarvaris Jackson making a full recovery in time for Sunday's game with the Chiefs at this point is looking relatively bleak.
Jackson, who walked around the Vikings training facility with a noticeable limp Wednesday, didn't take part in any portion of Wednesday's practice. While head coach Brad Childress remained mum on the subject at his Wednesday press conference, it appeared that Jackson wasn't making enough progress with a strained groin muscle that he will be able to start Sunday at Kansas City.
At Wednesday's practice, both Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger took snaps with the first-team offense while Jackson remained off to the side.
While the Vikings publicly remain upbeat about their chances of getting Jackson back sooner than later, he seemed a little less willing to risk further injury and potentially hurt the team by rushing back before he's 100 percent.
"I don't want to go out there if I'm not 100 percent and not able to at least make plays a little bit," Jackson said. "I don't want to go out there and hurt the team."
* Holcomb got most of the work with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday.
* Jackson said he initially hurt his groin in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Lions and that on his final play in the overtime, he aggravated it and "heard a pop."
* Starting safeties Darren Sharper and Dwight Smith both missed practice Wednesday – Sharper sidelined with a hip injury and Smith with a hamstring.
* Safety Mike Doss, inactive fore the for the first two games, returned to full practice Wednesday.
* Chester Taylor (hip/oblique), Tony Richardson (forearm) and Troy Williamson (hamstring) all were limited in practice activity Wednesday.
* A conference call with the Twin Cities media Wednesday, Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez called the offensive performance by the team in its first two games as "really embarrassing and frustrating." The Chiefs have been manhandled by both the Texans and Bears to open the season.
* Like the Lions last week, the Vikings will be the opponent for the Chiefs home opener.
* The Chiefs have less than 100 yards rushing as a team in their first two games combined.
* The Chiefs have already ruled wide receiver Eddie Kennison out of action for Sunday's game.
* The Bills signed former Vikings safety Dustin Fox to their practice squad.
* Cowboys prankster Terrell Owens was fined $7,500 for pretending to be videotaping the opponents after scoring a touchdown in Sunday's game.
* Former Viking Adam Goldberg, who was pushed into the starting lineup for the Rams at right guard due to injuries, is now slated to start at right tackle Sunday.
* The Rams also brought in former Viking Dovonte Edwards for a workout Tuesday.
* A pair of former Vikings – Jermaine Wiggins and Richard Angulo – worked out for the Titans Tuesday. They were two of five tight ends the team brought in for a closer look.
* The website ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Larry Fitzgerald wants out of Arizona and the run-first offense new coach Ken Whisenhunt implemented and the rumors have him wanting to return to Minnesota. The same web entry says the Vikings will be a suitor for Donovan McNabb if he's allowed to hit the free agent market.
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