Tarvaris Jackson To IR; Joe Webb Era Set To Begin
In all likelihood, Tarvaris Jackson has played his last game as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The fifth-year player out of Alabama State is slated to become a free agent next season (assuming football exists next season), and after riding in the second car of the Childress-Favre roller coaster, it’s safe to assume that Tarvaris is looking for a fresh start outside of Minnesota. Given his putrid performance against the Giants last week, it’s also a good bet that the Vikings will be looking elsewhere for their quarterback of the future.
The team placed Tarvaris Jackson on injured-reserve Thursday, and filled his roster spot with newly acquired quarterback Patrick Ramsey. What was originally thought to be “turf toe” turned out to be ligament damage to Jackson’s right big toe, forcing the team to make the IR move.
Quarterback Brett Favre is still experiencing numbness in his throwing hand and said he “would not consider playing feeling like this.” Favre did offer some words of encouragement for likely starter Joe Webb.
When asked about playing outside in the elements of TCF Bank Stadium in December, Favre said “It’s a tough situation.” Favre also added that Webb’s teammates “love him” and are excited to see what the rookie can do. Webb will have his work cut out for him Monday night as the Vikings face the Bears in Minnesota’s first outdoor home game in almost 30 years.
If all else fails, the team always has a wide receiver who can be an emergency quarterback: Greg Camarillo. When asked what would have happened had Camarillo’s number been called last Monday in Detroit, he had an answer befitting of the bizarre Vikings’ season.
“It would have been an adventure,” Camarillo said.