With starting QB Jackson already hurt, Vikings lose backup Holcomb Print
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Sunday, 28 October 2007 15:54
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 The Minnesota Vikings were down to their No. 3 quarterback by the end of Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Starter Tarvaris Jackson was deactivated because of a broken index finger on his throwing hand sustained last week against Dallas. Veteran Kelly Holcomb made his third start of the season in Jackson's place, but he was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a sack by Juqua Thomas. Holcomb's head slammed hard against the turf and he injured his neck.
Backup Brooks Bollinger came out for the next series.
On third-and-9 at his own 29, Holcomb dropped back and clutched twice before Thomas hit him and brought him down. Holcomb writhed in pain briefly before walking off as the Minnesota punt team came out. He sat on the bench while trainers tended to him.
Coach Brad Childress said Holcomb's injury is ``similar to whiplash'' and he will be evaluated Monday, as will receiver Bobby Wade (hyperextended knee) and right tackle Ryan Cook (sprained left knee).
Eagles safety Brian Dawkins (neck) was out again. He hasn't played since Week 2, but practiced Thursday and Friday and was listed as questionable.
Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde left Carolina's 31-7 loss to Indianapolis in the third quarter with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.
The preexisting injury was aggravated late in the first half when Testaverde handed off to DeShaun Foster and left guard Mike Wahle stepped on the quarterback's foot.
Testaverde finished the half, but was later replaced by David Carr.
The Colts were without three starters going into the game: left tackle Tony Ugoh (shoulder), receiver Marvin Harrison (knee) and linebacker Freddy Keiaho (post-concussion syndrome).
They lost cornerback Marlin Jackson to a neck injury in the third quarter. Jackson, the team's second-leading tackler, was hurt while attempting to tackle Carolina tight end Jeff King.
Coach Tony Dungy said he hoped Jackson would be ready for next week's game against New England.
Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards left in the third quarter of the Bills' 13-3 win over the New York Jets with a sprained right wrist.
Edwards, who was hit on an incomplete pass, said X-rays were negative and the injury will be reevaluated Monday.
J.P. Losman, the starter before he sprained his left knee in Week 3 and was replaced by Edwards, came in and led Buffalo on two straight scoring drives.
The Jets had a scary moment with 7:41 left when wide receiver Laveranues Coles jumped to catch a pass from Chad Pennington and was immediately hit in the middle of the back by cornerback Terrence McGee. Coles' chest and head slammed to the turf and the wide receiver remained face down near the Bills sideline for nearly five minutes as trainers looked at him.
He sat up after several minutes and was able to walk off the field. Coles remained on the sideline the rest of the game.
Coles said after the game that he was all right and the team would release more information about his injury later.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub left the Texans' 35-10 loss to San Diego when he was hit following his second interception.
Schaub was taken to a hospital for tests.
He was leveled by linebacker Stephen Cooper, who was called for two personal fouls, a hit to the head and unnecessary roughness.
Schaub was replaced the next series by Sage Rosenfels.
Rams quarterback Marc Bulger sprained his right thumb in the third quarter of St. Louis' 27-20 loss to Cleveland, but returned after missing one possession.
Bulger was injured on a hit from the blind side by Robaire Smith after throwing a pass with 7:18 left in the quarter. He was on one knee for a while and ended up trotting to the locker room for X-rays.
Rams running back Steven Jackson returned from a groin injury, but he left due to lower back spasms in the second quarter. Jackson said he was compensating for the groin, which is still not fully healed.
Offensive guard Richie Incognito sprained his right knee in the first quarter.
Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, the team's leading tackler, left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter.
Jackson's backup, Kris Griffin, was carted off with an Achilles' tendon injury. Coach Romeo Crennel was hopeful both would be back next week.
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher all but confirmed an Internet report that he has an arthritic back after a subpar performance in a 16-7 loss to Detroit.
Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas did not make the trip to London because of a neck injury, missing Miami's 13-10 loss to the New York Giants.
Thomas got whiplash in a minor car accident leaving Dolphins Stadium after last week's loss to New England. Doctors advised him not to travel.
The New England Patriots were missing three key players during their 52-7 win over the Washington Redskins: running back Sammy Morris (chest), tight end Benjamin Watson (ankle) and safety Eugene Wilson (ankle).
Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring) was also inactive.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was back in the lineup after separating his shoulder four weeks ago. Smith had a painkilling shot before the 31-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints and took off his pads once on the sideline for an examination but remained in the game. Smith said postgame X-rays revealed nothing new.
Running back Frank Gore twisted his ankle again in the second half, finishing with just 41 yards rushing.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams standout Torrie Cox left in the first half of their 24-23 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars with a knee injury and did not return.
Oakland right tackle Cornell Green left in the first quarter of the Raiders' 13-9 loss to Tennessee with a knee injury.
Steelers fullback Dan Kreider hurt his ankle on the first series of Pittsburgh's 24-13 win over Cincinnati and didn't return.

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