EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is preparing to play on Saturday against Pittsburgh despite a sprained right knee.
Jackson was injured in the first quarter against Baltimore on Saturday night.
He came out to practice on Monday with a brace on the knee. Childress said Jackson participated in individual drills and did some throwing, but did not do any team work.
Jackson was not available for comment after practice. The third preseason game is generally considered the most important because the starters log their heaviest playing time before easing off in the finale.
If Jackson cannot play, Gus Frerotte will step in as the starter. Frerotte went 4-for-9 for 32 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens.

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