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Jackson feared worse than knee sprain

Updated: August 4, 2009, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. -- Tarvaris Jackson has been hurt a lot in his short career and this time he feared the worst.

His left leg hit by a 300-pound teammate over the weekend, Jackson initially wondered if his anterior cruciate ligament was damaged, the dreaded knee injury that's sure to end a season before it starts.

To his relief -- and the Minnesota Vikings' -- Jackson was diagnosed with only a mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament. It was welcome news after the scary sequence ...

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