- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008

From combined dispatches

After losing the first two games of the season, Minnesota coach Brad Childress decided the Vikings no longer can afford to let 25-year-old quarterback Tarvaris Jackson learn on the job. On Wednesday, Childress turned to 15-year veteran Gus Frerotte to run the offense.

“I’m just not seeing right now the aggressiveness from Tarvaris that I saw throughout the offseason, training camp, the two preseason games that he played in,” Childress said. “And part of it may be experience. I know Gus will give us that. And I know his approach will also lend itself to that.”

Jackson has completed just 51 percent of his passes this season. He threw a game-ending interception at Green Bay that sealed the Packers’ win and was partly responsible for the offense settling for five field goals in an 18-15 loss to the Colts.

COLTS: Coach Tony Dungy doesn’t doubt Bob Sanders will be back in the Colts’ lineup this season. He’s just not sure how long Sanders will be out.

The 2007 NFL defensive player of the year could miss up to six weeks after spraining his right ankle last weekend at Minnesota, and team officials are contemplating whether Sanders may need arthroscopic surgery on his knee, too.

While taping a segment for his Saturday night television show, team president Bill Polian said Sanders would miss four to six weeks.

CHIEFS: Tyler Thigpen, a second-year pro who set passing records as an All-American for Coastal Carolina, will start at quarterback against Atlanta.

Thigpen came in for Damon Huard last week and hit 14 of 33 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown and one interception in a 23-8 loss to Oakland.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville, still trying to tweak its injury-riddled offensive line, re-signed veteran guard Chris Naeole.

Naeole spent the past six seasons in Jacksonville but was released in March, four months after he ruptured his quadriceps tendon and missed the final eight games.

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