Those were the three main story lines from the Vikings 34-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.
Backup linebacker Heath Farwell injured his right knee late in the first quarter and is expected to have an MRI either tonight or tomorrow morning, according to coach Brad Childress.
Farwell got turned around and hit from behind on a run up the middle and his knee appeared to buckle. He was on the ground for several minutes and then carted to the locker room.
His loss would be significant because he is the team’s top special teams player. Hopefully we’ll get an update on the severity of his injury tomorrow but it didn’t look good initially.
Adrian Peterson did not have a carry as the offense came out throwing. Jackson looked sharp, completing 8 of 11 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Jackson made good decisions and made a variety of throws.
One play, in particular, stood out to me. On third-and-10 from the Seattle 25, Jackson wanted to get the ball to Peterson out of the backfield but he was covered. Jackson started to run but quickly found Bernard Berrian open and hit him for a 19-yard completion.
Again, it’s only the preseason, but that play demonstrated pretty good awareness and patience on Jackson’s part.
The Vikings had five turnovers — four fumbles and an interception. Those led to 20 Seattle points, including 17 in the second half. Obviously that is something that was addressed after the game and I’m sure will be discussed when the team returns to Mankato on Sunday.
DT Pat Williams dressed but did not play. Childress said that had more to do with the coaching staff wanting to evaluate his backup Fred Evans than anything with Williams’ elbow.
Safety Madieu Williams also dressed but did not play because of a neck spasm.
Those are just a few items. We’ll have complete coverage online and in the paper tomorrow.