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Jaren Hall will be Vikings starting quarterback vs. the Packers

Jaren Hall was the first Vikings quarterback to succeed Kirk Cousins when the starter tore his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 29 at Lambeau Field. With the Vikings' playoff chances riding on Sunday's game against the Packers, they will turn again to the rookie quarterback.

Coach Kevin O'Connell announced Thursday the Vikings will start Hall on Sunday night against Green Bay, giving him back the starting job nearly two months after a concussion ended his brief stint as the team's No. 1 quarterback. With veteran backup Nick Mullens on injured reserve, Hall played the final 11 snaps of the Vikings' win over the Packers after Cousins went down, and started the following week against the Falcons, but left that game after only 11 snaps when he sustained a concussion while trying to reach the end zone on a third-down scramble.

Hall's injury opened the door for Joshua Dobbs, who had been acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Cardinals five days earlier. Dobbs led the Vikings to a comeback victory in Atlanta and a win at home against the Saints the following Sunday, extending the team's win streak to five games and keeping the job through the team's bye week despite six turnovers in two losses before it. But after Dobbs was benched for Mullens following three scoreless quarters against the Raiders, and after Mullens threw six interceptions in a pair of losses that knocked the Vikings out of the lead for a wild-card spot, the Vikings came back to Hall this week.


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