CARTER HOMECOMING

Cris Carter is going back to the Metrodome this weekend, and that's a pretty big story in Minnesota. For the receiver himself, he's more concerned about trying to help the Dolphins' playoff cause.

Carter spent 12 seasons with the Vikings before retiring after last season and joining the Dolphins in October.

"The position of the team supersedes everything," Carter said. "We need a win. We're trying to get to 10 wins. Of course, it's exciting. You look over the years, I never saw myself playing for another team."

Expect a warm reception for Carter, who left the Vikings as the second-leading receiver in NFL history.

One guy who will welcome him back with open arms is Vikings coach Mike Tice, who also was a teammate of Carter's before then.

"It'll be great," Tice said Wednesday. "I know I personally will be emotional when I see him. We go back to the early '90s. I'm looking forward to seeing him."

Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt has mentioned the possibility of making Carter a captain for Saturday's game, which would allow Carter to go out to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

When presented with that possibility, Carter shrugged his shoulders and said he'll be happy simply if he has a uniform ready for him when he shows up at the Metrodome.

Carter expects a warm reception from the Vikings fans, but only to a certain degree.

"At the end of the day, they're Vikings fans," he said. "There used to be a lot No. 80 jerseys around. I'm sure there'll be some unless they burned those."

Carter keeps in touch with several members of the Vikings organization, and spoke to Tice last week.

Looking back on his Minnesota days, Carter likes what he remembers."I just have some unbelievable memories," he said. "We played some good football, we played a lot of big games, we won a lot of games, I scored a lot of touchdowns. I couldn't make it any better, except win the NFC Championship at home (in 1998)."


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