Jackson misses Monday with family issue

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson missed Monday's practice to be with his young son, Tarvaris Jr., who needed medical attention.

As the Vikings returned to practice from their bye week Monday, one player missing was quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Head coach Brad Childress said the absence was excused. While not giving details, Childress said that Jackson's son, Tarvaris Jackson Jr., has a medical issue that kept T-Jack with his family.

At Monday's practice, Gus Frerotte and John David Booty were the only quarterbacks.

Jackson has not played since Childress made the switch to Frerotte after the second game of the season. While he was absent Monday, the players day off is today with full practices resuming Wednesday. It is expected that Jackson will return to the team by Wednesday's practice.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • Madieu Williams said again Monday that he expects to be on the field Sunday, which would mark his debut as a Viking. He has been out since early in training camp with a neck injury.

  • Darren Sharper leads active NFL players with 53 career interceptions, but doesn't have any yet this year.

  • Word out of New Orleans is that the three Saints players identified in the water pill scandal – Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant – will play during their appeals process, with a hearing scheduled for mid-November. The players, like Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, claim the banned substance was in a product called StarCaps, which promotes itself as an all-natural blend of papaya and garlic and doesn't include the banned substance (bumetanide) as an ingredient.

  • The Dallas Cowboys announced that Brad Johnson is likely to start again Sunday, but didn't rule out that another former Vikings (Brooks Bollinger) could get the start at QB vs. the Giants on Sunday.

  • As of Monday, less than 3,000 tickets remained unsold for Sunday's game with Houston. With more tickets are expected to be sold by the noon Thursday deadline for a blackout, it is expected the game will be broadcast locally. The game is just one of two this season being carried on CBS and the local Twin Cities affiliate (WCCO-TV) will likely buy up the remaining tickets if there are any that are unsold.

  • Just when it appeared Daunte Culpepper had changed his ways and was willing to be a team player after being humbled in the offseason when he got very little in the way of offers, it seems the old Pepp has emerged. After securing a visit with the Chiefs over the weekend, Culpepper told Kansas City officials he wouldn't be coming for a visit today, saying that he "has a better opportunity" with another team. He never specified which team that was.

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