Minnesota has Many Concerns

The Vikings have plenty of off the field distractions headed into their matchup with the Bears, but they also have a number of players dinged up.

Despite being off to a 1-3 start, the Vikings are making more news this week over an incident that happened on a pair of charter boats on Lake Minnetonka a week ago.

Approximately 15 Vikings have been implicated in the boating trip, which included strippers and allegations of sexual activity between the women and partygoers. The Vikings responded Wednesday by trying to turn the talk back to football, but it's the third off the field incident the team has had this season.

"I have no comment, I will not comment on the whole situation," said QB Daunte Culpepper. "I am talking about the Chicago Bears. We are talking about the Chicago Bears, we are going to go out and try to take care of business and get a win. That's what we are trying to do. If you're not talking about the Chicago Bears, please don't ask me a question. You can keep asking, but I am just going to have the same response."

Injury Report
On Wednesday, Minnesota head coach Mike Tice announced that WR Nate Burleson and CB Brian Williams would miss the game against the Bears.

That takes away Culpepper's favorite target and should allow the Chicago defense to focus on speedy rookie wideout Troy Williamson.

  • LB Keith Newman will start Sunday in place of Napoleon Harris, a player acquired in the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Raiders. Harris is expected to split time with Dontarrious Thomas in nickel packages.

  • The Vikings are already thin at DE with the loss of Kenechi Udeze, but the team likely won't have Spencer Johnson for Sunday's game.

  • RB Moe Williams was again hobbled at practice, wearing an ice bag on his knee and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.

  • Previously injured starters S Darren Sharper, LB E.J. Henderson and DE Lance Johnstone are all set to return to the lineup Sunday barring any last-minute setbacks.

    Famous Last Words…
    At the end of his weekly talk show Wednesday, it's being reported that Tice guaranteed a win Sunday vs. the Bears. Considering he's never won there on the road, that could be a statement that comes back to bite him.

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