Tarvaris Jackson A Great Athlete...But Injury Prone

Jan MandelContributor IAugust 1, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14:  Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 35-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After the events of the last 8 hours you now know why they went after 39 yr. old Favre, who played  17 yrs. & 269 straight regular season games, and Travaris who can't make it through a training camp or a season.

I won't begin speculate on the severity of Jackson's injury other than to repeat that he walked off the field on his own. If nothing else, however, this event offers the Vikings reason for pause as they determine whether Jackson, Rosenfels or someone else (more on that in a bit) should be their starter.

Consider Jackson's injury history;

  • He tore cartilage in his knee during practice as a rookie in 2006 and had arthroscopic surgery.
  • A strained groin, a fractured finger and a concussion limited him to 12 games in 2007.
  • He sprained his right knee during the preseason last year, forcing him to miss the rest of summer practice. Jackson later said the injury played a part in his poor play early in the regular season.

F.Y.I. on grads of injury & time frame:

Participation Status
Return to activity is dependant on the severity of the MCL sprain. Progression through rehab along with pain levels will also determine when an athlete is permitted to return to participation. An athlete should be functionally tested to make sure drills such as cutting and pivoting will not cause further injury. With a grade I MCL sprain, athletes will return to full play after up to 10- 14. Grade II MCL sprains will keep athletes out of play for about 3 weeks and grade III sprains will keep athletes out for an average of 5 weeks. Each athlete is different with progression and if progression is slow, re-evaluation for other injuries is necessary.

It's very sad...but very much part of the game and why many great possible talents never develope in sports because of...."Injuries"...and that is Why Favre is considered by NFL players and mentioned regularly as " Freak of nature" by his peers.

Now...The pressure might be on Sage...let's see if he can handle it?