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Holcomb or Bollinger could start if Jackson cannot

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."