Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did some individual work in practice again and reiterated that the team will decide later this week whether Jackson can play Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Bevell was asked whether he thinks there is more urgency for Jackson to play Saturday considering his history of injuries to show teammates and everyone else that he can play in pain.
“I think it depends on the injury,” Bevell said. “It still is the preseason. One, it’s important like you said to make it back to show he can tough it out. But if it’s a situation where it’s not going to help us or help him then you probably don’t do that. We just have to see. I know he’s a tough kid. He has a legitimate injury. He’s pushing hard to get back.”
Bevell was asked whether he senses Jackson is frustrated because he now has suffered five injuries since being drafted.
“I’m sure there is a little bit of frustration,” he said. “You don’t want to get a label as an injury-prone guy. The tough thing for him is a lot of them have been legitimate injuries. Sometimes there is just nothing you can do about that. That’s part of the game. Maybe this is the last one and he’ll go on a 15-year streak and never get hurt again. You really don’t know.”
As we noted earlier, wide receiver Sidney Rice missed the third consecutive day of practice with what the team described as a stomach virus. Rice also missed one day of practice in Mankato because of virus.Bevell said he’s not too concerned about the time Rice has missed.
“Fortunately we had the OTAs and minicamps and had a lot of time there where we were able to get our timing down and things like that,” Bevell said. “He’s been a little bit in and out here in training camp. But I really don’t foresee it being a problem.”
Special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro also addressed the media and said starters will play on kickoff coverage and punt coverage. Maurice Hicks will return kickoffs. Aundrae Allison also might get one kickoff return and some punt returns.
Kicker Ryan Longwell will get some workl, but how much remains to be seen.