MANKATO — Brad Childress expressed little concern about the knee injury suffered by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Saturday.
Childress, speaking after the Vikings’ second practice of the day, would not confirm that Jackson suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the morning session, but the Vikings coach said he has no plans to bring in a third quarterback to take reps behind Sage Rosenfels and John David Booty. That should serve as a clear indication that Jackson won’t be out long because if he was going to miss substantial time someone would need to be signed to take some of the reps.
“I’ll have to see going forward,” Childress said when asked about Jackson’s status. “I’m not that clairvoyant. He just stayed and treated and it looks like he’ll be just fine.”
Jackson was injured during an 11-on-11 drill when he stepped up in the pocket and collided with defensive tackle Letroy Guion, who had slipped to the ground while being blocked by center John Sullivan.
“It’s just unfortunate. It could have happened to any of those guys,” Childress said. “We had a couple of close calls a little earlier in practice this morning with guys on the ground. That’s why you’re as coaches talking about, ‘Get off the ground, get off the ground, get off the ground.’ You don’t want to go to a walk through tempo. You want to practice hard and fast and our guys are doing a great job of that. We just need to do a little better job of staying up, however you stay up.”
With Jackson absent for tonight’s second practice, much of which was held in Blakeslee Stadium, Rosenfels got many of the reps with first team and Booty also got plenty of work.
“For J.D. and I, it always helps to get more reps,” Rosenfels said. “You really can’t have too many reps. I’m just trying to take advantage of every rep I get.”
The evening practice was one of two the Vikings will have during training camp in Mankato. There also will be one next Friday. Here are a few items from tonight’s practice: