Holcomb or Bollinger could start if Jackson cannot

Updated: September 17, 2007, 7:44 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Tarvaris Jackson's groin injury has put Minnesota's quarterback situation in question this week.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Jackson is still the starter if he's healthy, despite throwing four interceptions in Sunday's overtime defeat at Detroit.

Brooks Bollinger replaced Jackson after the first play in overtime. Kelly Holcomb has been the third-stringer. Childress said he thought Holcomb was up to speed with the offense since arriving last month in a trade with Philadelphia, but the coach avoided speculating on who would step in if Jackson couldn't play.

"I'm not even going to bend an opinion on that right now," Childress said. "I'm just kind of going day-to-day with the guy that is there."

Jackson strained his groin earlier in the game on a run toward the sideline, and he felt a tug while setting up a screen pass on the first snap of the extra period. Bollinger came in, led the Vikings to midfield and fumbled a snap that the Lions recovered. They kicked the winning field goal five plays later.

The team will have a better idea about Jackson's availability as well as the status of tailback Chester Taylor (hip) and fullback Tony Richardson (forearm) on Wednesday. Both players sat out Sunday with those injuries. Also, receiver Troy Williamson had to leave the game with spasms in his hamstring. Childress said he thought Williamson would be OK.

When Jackson got hurt, he quickly hobbled off the field. Had he stayed down on the field, an injury timeout would've stopped the clock and allowed Bollinger some time to warm up. Instead, Bollinger was rushed into the game -- a difficult situation to enter in overtime.

Childress defended Jackson's action as well as the decision to save the team's timeouts, but Holcomb suggested Jackson could have made it easier on Bollinger when he knew he was hurt.

"That's a tough deal, and it made it even tougher when Tarvaris tried to get off the field," Holcomb said. "If he would've stayed down instead of coming out, [Bollinger] could've got a chance to warm up. Like I said, that's the tough part about being a backup quarterback in the NFL."


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