With Brett Favre’s sprained throwing shoulder placing his availability for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears in question, coupled with the decision to put Tarvaris Jackson on injured reserve, the Vikings signed journeyman QB Patrick Ramsey to add depth to an injury-plagued QB unit.
Ramsey, an 8-year veteran out of Tulane, spent his first 4 seasons with the Washington Redskins, the 2006 season with the NY Jets, 2007-08 with the Denver Broncos, 2009 with the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions and was with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins this year. He hasn’t played in a game since 2008 and hasn’t started since 2005.
Ramsey’s most productive season was in 2003 where the 6-2, 225-pounder started and played in 11 games completing 179 of 337 passes for 2,166 yards, 14 TDs and 9 INTs. His career totals are 511 completions on 913 attempts for 5,930 yards, 35 TDs and 30 INTs.
The signing of Ramsey doesn’t necessitate his presence on the playing field this week, but rather gives the Vikings more depth at the QB position that is lacking it. As far as Favre’s status goes, Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned during his Thursday press conference that his condition would be made clearer as the week progresses.
“We’re trying to determine when and if he’ll be able to do anything at all this week,” Frazier said. “So we’ll see what happens probably a little bit later in the week.”
Even with Favre’s availability up in the air and Jackson placed on injured reserve, there are still uncertainties on who will be the Vikings starting QB come Monday night. Joe Webb is the team’s #3 QB, but has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he suffered early in the game against the Buffalo Bills a week-and-a-half ago.
“We’ll see,” Frazier said in response when asked if Webb would be the starter. “Just give it a couple of days and see if things change. We’ll see what happens.”
In just a matter of a week, the Vikings have gone from a team that never had to worry about its starting QB, since Favre had started an NFL-record 297 consecutive times before, to a team that may be starting a QB who has never made a start and has played in only 2.
Given the circumstances, though, Frazier acknowledged that Webb would be taking reps with the 1st team offense in practice this week and that the rookie QB is up to the challenge. Also, the interim coach said that Webb “may be passed that hamstring (injury).”
“Just in talking with Joe, he’s really excited about the opportunity,” Frazier said. “He can’t wait to line up and play and have a chance to start. If that happens, he’s not running away from it and we have confidence that he can get it done.”
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