Jackson’s status uncertain

August 25th, 2008 – 4:33 PM by Judd Zulgad

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did some work in 7-on-7 drills in today’s practice  but it remains uncertain if he will play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Dallas.

Jackson, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the Vikings’ second preseason game, only took part in individual drills last week and did not play on Saturday against Pittsburgh. “We were a little more cautious the first week but it’s been a week now so try to get it going,” Jackson said.

Jackson said his knee isn’t really sore but admits “I don’t have my range of motion right now. Once I get that back in the next couple of days I should be fine.” Jackson continues to wear a brace on his right leg and said that provides stability. “I can pretty much just do everything without worrying about my leg giving me out on me,” he said.

It would not be surprising if the Vikings sat Jackson on Thursday and waited until the Sept. 8 regular-season opener at Green Bay to have him take the field again.

Meanwhile, receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice on Monday and said he is recovered from a stomach virus that has slowed him at different points in training camp. Receiver Robert Ferguson (leg) did not participate in practice and the way he was hobbling it’s extremely doubtful he will play on Thursday.

Defensive end Brian Robison returned after missing time following surgery to repair a varicose vein in his leg.



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