Looks Like Brooks

The Vikings, as always, remain talking in circles about who their starting quarterback will be Sunday, but a shake of the Magic 8-Ball says all signs point to Brooks Bollinger getting his first start as a Viking.

The Vikings quarterback carousel appears to be taking another turn this time around, as Brooks Bollinger has all the earmarks of being the Vikings' starting quarterback Sunday.

With both Tarvaris Jackson and Kelly Holcomb listed as questionable, but both able to practice on a limited basis Friday, leaving some to speculate that that recently signed Koy Detmer might be released if it is deemed that T-Jack and Holcomb (he prefers not to be called K-Hol) could both be ready to see action if necessary.

As is his wont to do, Brad Childress spoke in code and riddles Friday saying that he hasn't ruled out Jackson starting, but hasn't said he will return one week after being knocked unconscious against the Chargers. He doesn't want to give the Packers a competitive advantage, but, at 7-1, it doesn't seem like the Packers will change much regardless of who the Vikings quarterback is.

If the Vikings do make a roster move involving Detmer, it likely will come before the team leaves for Green Bay this afternoon.

* If Detmer is released today, it will have been a nice week's work for the 10-year vet, who would still be paid one game check -- $42,353 for a player with his amount of time in the league.
* If the Vikings make a roster move involving Detmer, don't be surprised if Ronyell Whitaker, who was released to make room for the fourth QB, is re-signed.
* Three Vikings – Antoine Winfield (hamstring), Ray Edwards (shoulder) and Sidney Rice (hamstring) – are all listed as questionable. Winfield practiced on a limited basis Friday, but will likely be a gametime decision Sunday. Even if Winfield does play, he likely won't start, which would give rookie Marcus McCauley his second consecutive start.
* Three other Vikings – Bryant McKinnie (knee), Bobby Wade (knee) and Ryan Cook (shoulder) – are listed as probable.
* The NFL fine police were back at it Friday, fining Pat Williams $5,000 for a flagrant facemask penalty on Philip Rivers and fining Chargers CB Marlon McCree $10,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Adrian Peterson.
* Adrian Peterson was the primary guest on the sports show "Jim Rome Is Burning" Friday in which he sat down for an interview with the host and a panel later discussed whether A.D. is already the best running back in the league.
* The Vikings are taking a lot of heat from the national media concerning the decision to dock Troy Williamson a paycheck for missing last Sunday's game to make funeral arrangements for his grandmother.
* Eric Dickerson, who holds the NFL rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards, told Bloomberg News that he hopes A.D. doesn't break his record. That sounds about as classy as the 1972 Dolphins celebrating current undefeated teams losing. They should both just try to get over it.
* Two former Packers – Darren Sharper and Robert Ferguson –will be captains for the coin toss Sunday at Lambeau Field.
* Packers right guard Junius Coston is expected to miss Sunday's game. He will likely be replaced by Jason Spitz.

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