Childress on Jackson: ‘I think he'll be fine'

Tarvaris Jackson didn't attend Saturday night's practice session because of a knee injury suffered in the morning session, but head coach Brad Childress expects Jackson to be fine.

Tarvaris Jackson's left knee injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Jackson got his feet tangled with defensive tackle Letroy Guion when he was on the ground during Saturday morning's practice. Jackson and was tended to by Vikings trainers and coaches. He walked off the field without assistance, and it was later reported that he had a sprained medial collateral ligament, which head coach Brad Childress wouldn't confirm after a Saturday night practice that Jackson didn't attend.

However, the injury doesn't appear to be one that will cause Jackson to miss extended time.

"It looks like he'll be just fine," said Childress, who said he wasn't going to bring in another quarterback "right now," referencing the fact that the Vikings have only one practice Sunday, an afternoon session, before going full pads on Monday for the first time in camp.

Childress did have a chance to go back and review the tape and said it was just a matter of players tripping over each other that caused Jackson's injury.

"It was a domino. It was a number of things that happened. It's like somebody used to do in your schoolyard. Somebody is on the ground, you push a guy over and somebody goes over the top and you push a guy back over the top of him. They're practicing with a good tempo and I don't want to take that out of them," he said. "… It was just guys tripping over guys. Feet got tangled up and somebody ended up on the ground. That's why we try to keep it up high."

In the meantime, Sage Rosenfels took the majority of the first-team snaps during Saturday's night scrimmage in Blakeslee Stadium at Minnesota State, Mankato, a practice that was attended by an estimated 3,500 fans.

Rosenfels looked as sharp as he has during any point at training camp.

"Every day that I'm out here, every play I feel like I get more comfortable, being in the pocket, calling the plays in the huddle, going through my reads, the whole bit," Rosenfels said. "Just from yesterday morning to tonight, I feel a significant difference."

It showed. The play of the day came toward the end of the night session, when he sold a fake handoff, bootlegged right and found Bernard Berrian deep down the right sideline for a touchdown that spanned roughly 60 yards.

"I think you get some timing this summer, but it's still different when the defense is out here playing more aggressive. Every throw that I make is a learning experience for me and him (Berrian)," Rosenfels said.

Childress said that Rosenfels is looking more comfortable with the offense "at times" as camp progresses.

"You can't put a price on the elevated snaps they're getting," Childress said.

Rosenfels agreed.

"You really can't have too many reps. I'm just trying to take advantage of every rep I get," he said.

As for Jackson, Rosenfels expected him to return to the competition for the starting job soon.

"We're competing out here and I'm sure he'll be back. You never want to see anyone with an injury, even an opponent, much less your own teammate," he said.

In the meantime, Rosenfels and Booty will try to take advantage of additional practice snaps.

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