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MANKATO — Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said today that no decision has been made on who will start at quarterback for the Vikings in their preseason opener on Friday night in Indianapolis. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have been splitting reps with the first-team offense as they compete for the starting position.
“We haven’t decided,” Bevell said following a physical full-pads practice at Minnesota State, Mankato. “That’s not my job to come in here and tell you who the starting quarterback is. Coach [Brad Childress] will tell you. We are in the process. We’re talking about it. Getting the exact reps with each and every guy, exactly how we want it to play out. I’m sure coach will tell you here pretty soon.”
The reality is that it might not be that big of deal who starts Friday because the other quarterback very well could get the start on Aug. 21 when the Vikings play host to the Kansas City Chiefs. The one thing that might be interesting to see is if Childress tries to get Jackson and Rosenfels both snaps with the first team, instead of having one work exclusively with the second team.
“I think it has been said by coach that it’s important to get both those guys behind the best offensive line that you can put out there,” Bevell said. “That’s going to be a key and that’s some of the things that we’re talking about with the reps. Do we have to let other guys go a little bit further to make sure that we’re protecting the quarterbacks well? That kind of thing and that’s what we’re under advisement with right now.”
Jackson, who suffered a minor sprain of the MCL in his left knee on the second day of training camp and missed three days, continues to practice with a protective sleeve and brace on the knee. Asked about wearing the brace, Jackson said: “It’s stiff a little bit. The brace is not letting me get my full range of motion but right now it’s really pretty much just trying to protect me from any hits and stuff like that.” Jackson does not know how long he will have to wear the brace.
Bevell, meanwhile, has been pleased with what he has seen from Jackson since his return. ”You don’t like to miss any time but I think he’s done a nice job with his rehab, a nice job coming back from it,” he said. “He came back from it pretty fast. I haven’t seen that much of a residual effect from the injury. You don’t like to miss any reps and he’s fighting hard to compete and make the plays when he needs to make them.”
As far as what he hopes to see on Friday from the offense, Jackson said: “Just want to see our offense pretty much execute our plays. Whatever we call, it’s not going to be a whole lot, it’s going to be basic offense. We’re just going to get out there and let guys play and just get out there and show what they can do.”
Other notes from today’s first practice: