Looks Like T-Jack Is Back

The Vikings will switch their starting quarterback once again, a common occurrence this season while Tarvaris Jackson has struggled with groin, finger and head injuries. But Jackson is expected to start once again on Sunday against Oakland.

The Vikings' weekly game of musical quarterbacks appears to have landed on Tarvaris Jackson for the sixth time this season.

Coach Brad Childress indicated Monday that Jackson will get the start this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at the Metrodome. This comes after Brooks Bollinger started in the Vikings' 34-0 loss last Sunday at Green Bay.

That made Bollinger the third quarterback to start a game for the Vikings this season. Kelly Holcomb, who has been the No. 3 quarterback the past two games because of a neck injury, has started three times.

The situation with Jackson last Sunday was interesting because Childress has said repeatedly that Jackson is his starter as long as he's healthy. While Jackson was forced to leave the Vikings' Nov. 4 game against San Diego because of a concussion, he was healthy enough to serve as the backup to Bollinger at Lambeau Field.

That meant that Jackson could have played and yet he did not. All signs pointed to the fact Jackson was benched.

"I kind of erred on the side of caution with Tarvaris," Childress said. "It wasn't that he couldn't practice last week but we started Brooks; it's still my commitment to want to continue to develop (Jackson). I do feel like coming out of training camp he was the best quarterback so I would say you would probably end up being back with Tarvaris (against Oakland)."

Jackson's inconsistent — and at times abysmal — play this season has also been accompanied by an inability to stay healthy. He has missed time because of a strained groin, a broken finger and the concussion.

So how much does Childress factor in that Jackson might be injury prone when he makes his decision on a long-term quarterback?

"You ask yourself, ‘Is this just one particularly bad year?'" Childress said. "Is it the fact he is a China Doll? Somewhere you have to have some durability and resilience."

Childress needs to find the answer sooner rather than later.


  • QB Tarvaris Jackson was the backup quarterback Sunday at Green Bay after suffering a concussion a week earlier against San Diego. Jackson will return to the starting role Sunday against the Raiders.

  • QB Brooks Bollinger completed 16 of 26 passes for 176 yards with no touchdowns, an interception, three sacks and a 65.5 rating in his first start as a Viking. Bollinger had all of seven passing yards and three completions in the first half of the Vikings' 34-0 loss to the Packers. Bollinger got the start in large part because he was solid in relief appearances the two games before the Green Bay debacle.

  • QB Kelly Holcomb sat out a second consecutive game because of a neck injury suffered Oct. 28 against Philadelphia. With the way things are going for the Vikings' passing attack, Holcomb eventually might find himself back in the mix. He has started three games this season.

  • RB Adrian Peterson will miss Sunday's game against Oakland because of a partial tear of his lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. Peterson won't need surgery, and athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Peterson would "absolutely, no question" play again this season. In fact, Sugarman would not rule out Peterson returning as early as the Nov. 25 game at the New York Giants. It is possible, Sugarman said, that Peterson will need to wear a custom-made brace when he does resume playing. Peterson rushed for a career-low 45 yards on 11 carries at Green Bay after going for an NFL single-game record 296 yards the week before against San Diego.

  • RB Chester Taylor had only three carries for 37 yards as Peterson's backup in the loss to Green Bay but will find himself back in the starting role against Oakland now that Peterson is injured. Taylor, who rushed for 1,216 yards last season, also caught two passes for 59 yards against the Packers.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe had only one reception for seven yards against Green Bay. The free-agent acquisition's exact role in this offense remains unclear. Often times, he is used far more for blocking purposes than he is pass receiving.

  • WR Bobby Wade caught two passes for 29 yards against the Packers, playing for the second consecutive game on a hyper-extended knee. Wade leads the Vikings in receptions, but has yet to catch his first touchdown pass as a member of the team.

  • WR Troy Williamson was active for the Green Bay game after missing the previous contest against San Diego so he could be with his family after the death of his grandmother. Williamson did not catch a pass but did return three kickoffs for 54 yards with a long of 24. The biggest story involving Williamson was the fact the Vikings originally weren't going to pay him for the week he missed but eventually changed their decision after being hammered in the media.

  • WR Robert Ferguson caught a team-leading six passes for 59 yards, including a long of 35, against his former Packers teammates in his return to Lambeau Field. Ferguson was released by the team in training camp and signed a one-year contract with the Vikings. Ferguson, like Wade, still does not have a touchdown catch with Minnesota.

  • WR Sidney Rice missed the Green Bay game because of a hamstring injury suffered in the Vikings' victory over San Diego.

  • CB Antoine Winfield sat out a second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury, marking only the fourth contest he has missed since joining the Vikings in 2004.

  • CB Marcus McCauley replaced Winfield at right cornerback again. He was part of a defense that gave up 368 yards passing to Brett Favre.

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