T-Jack is Back

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is expected to return to the starting role after getting three weeks off to heal a groin strain.

Tarvaris Jackson is expected to be back at quarterback on Sunday after missing two games because of injury.

Although Brad Childress would not commit to Jackson as the starter for the Vikings' game at Chicago, the coach did say, "I'd like to count on him," during his Monday news conference.

Jackson suffered a groin strain late in the Vikings' loss at Detroit in Week 2 and was replaced by veteran Kelly Holcomb for games against Kansas City and Green Bay. The Vikings lost both as Holcomb threw for 423 yards (35 of 67) with one touchdown and one interception and a 70.7 rating.

Jackson did a good job of managing the Vikings' 24-3 opening-game victory over Atlanta but was abysmal against the Lions. He completed 17 of 33 passes but had no touchdowns, four interceptions and a 26.4 rating.

He currently has a 40.0 rating, with five interceptions and one touchdown pass.

Nonetheless, Childress has made it clear that he is going to sink or swim with the second-year quarterback as his starter, and so Jackson starting would come as no surprise.

Jackson admitted Monday his strained groin is not 100 percent but feels much improved from when he first was injured in the fourth quarter at Ford Field.


  • LB Heath Farwell, a key member of the Vikings' special teams, on if he agrees with some teams' philosophy of kicking the ball short or away from the Bears' Devin Hester so the standout return man has no chance at making a play. "We respect him, and he's great on returns and a big playmaker, but as a player, we want to be able to go down and make some plays," Farwell said. "So, no, we want to kick it deep. Whether coaches decide to do that, I don't know. We haven't really gotten into it. But as a player we want to kick it deep; we want to see him at his best game."

  • CB Antoine Winfield on how the Vikings are approaching the fact they are returning from their bye week with a 1-3 record. "In this game, it's week-to-week," Winfield said. "It's what have you done for me lately? Right now, we are 1-3 and in desperate need of a win. We're playing against a divisional opponent, a good team, they had a great win (Sunday night) against Green Bay. So we'll definitely have our hands full."

  • RB Mewelde Moore could remain on the trading block. The Buccaneers called last week about Moore after losing Cadillac Williams for the season, but the Vikings wanted a third-round pick and Tampa Bay offered a sixth-rounder. Now that the Bucs also have lost Michael Pittman, Tampa Bay might be willing to up its offer. Childress said the return on a Moore trade would "have to jar you" for the Vikings to make such a deal. The trading deadline is Oct. 16.

  • Coach Brad Childress said the condition of DE Erasmus James' knee is no longer a factor in determining whether he will play in games. The 2005 first-round pick has been inactive for the first four games as he continues to recover from knee surgery. It is now a case where James is competing for a spot on the active roster.

  • S Dwight Smith, who had missed practice time in the two weeks prior to the bye because of a hamstring injury, appears to have benefited from the rest. Smith did not miss any game time.

  • DE/DT Darrion Scott was on crutches as he went through the locker room after Monday's practice. It appeared he had injured his left foot.

  • WR Sidney Rice might see his role expanded. The rookie has the Vikings' only touchdown catch by a receiver this season and is very good at using his 6-4 frame to outjump smaller defensive backs.

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