The first big weekend of training camps has opened, and with it we already have our first somewhat major injury to report: Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
The Vikings QB sprained the MCL in his left knee after getting tangled with a defensive lineman in practice on Saturday, according to the AP.
Jackson was hurt when defensive lineman LeTroy Guion fell at his feet and rolled over his leg during an 11-on-11 drill and is day-to-day, said the person, who requested anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.
Jackson folded to the field in pain as trainers rushed to check on him. After a few minutes, he was able to get up and walk off under his own power.
“I really don’t know what happened,” Guion said. “Everybody was moving so fast.”
The fourth-year pro first received some attention at a tent on the side of the field before heading to the team’s locker room area at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Jackson is in a battle with Sage Rosenfels for the starting quarterback position after Brett Favre decided not to come out of retirement and join the Vikings.
“Whether it’s Tarvaris or any of your guys, you don’t want to see any of your guys go down, no matter who it is,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice. “Whether it’s your quarterback, your third tight end, it doesn’t matter. You don’t like to see anybody have any type of injury.”
The Vikings have held three practices since training camp began on Friday, and Jackson and Rosenfels have been splitting the snaps with the first team.
“It’s pretty tough (to see that), especially in practice,” left tackle Bryant McKinnie said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right.”