Packers-Vikings: Player notes

News, injury updates on individuals from each team

WR Shaun Bodiford was re-signed to the team after he was released by the Redskins last week. To make room for Bodiford on the 53-man roster, WR Chris Francies was cut. Green Bay released Bodiford at the end of the preseason. He suffered a sprained MCL in a knee on a kickoff return in the second exhibition game.

QB Brett Favre will enter Sunday's game at division rival Minnesota needing only one touchdown pass to eclipse Dan Marino's league record of 420. Favre had three TD throws for the second straight game in the 31-24 win over the Chargers on Sunday.

WR Donald Driver experienced knee soreness after the game Sunday. The injury isn't considered serious. Driver apparently suffered the injury when he was run out of bounds after making a catch in the fourth quarter. He finished the game, catching six passes for a game-high 126 yards and a touchdown. Driver has the Lambeau Field record for receptions with 219, surpassing former teammate Antonio Freeman's 213.

WR Greg Jennings starred in his season debut Sunday, turning a short slant pass from Brett Favre into a go-ahead, 57-yard touchdown late in the game. Jennings had four catches for 82 yards as he returned to the starting lineup after missing the first two games because of a hamstring injury. Jennings hasn't fully recovered and might miss some practice time this week but should be ready for the game against the Vikings.

RB Brandon Jackson suffered a bruised shin in the last game, but the injury isn't considered serious. The rookie started at halfback for the third straight game and had his first touchdown, from a yard out in the final minute to seal the win. Jackson, though, gained only 22 yards in six carries. For the season, he's rushed for just 97 yards.

RB DeShawn Wynn left Sunday's game early in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. The initial diagnosis was the injury isn't serious. Wynn, lined up primarily as the third-down back, had only two carries, for 9 yards.

CB Al Harris incurred back spasms in playing the entire game Sunday. He missed most of practice last week because of back issues and could be held out until the end of this week.

CB Charles Woodson is a candidate for extended recovery this week after he aggravated a hip injury in the game.

FS Nick Collins sustained a bruised lower back and briefly left the game in the third quarter before returning for the duration.

MLB Nick Barnett had an interception and 38-yard return to set up Brandon Jackson's clinching touchdown run Sunday. Barnett leads the defense with two picks, one shy of his season high in 2003, when he was a rookie.

TE Donald Lee continued to have a presence in the passing game. He had four catches for the third straight game, amounting to 44 yards.

QB Tarvaris Jackson
missed the Vikings' 13-10 loss at Kansas City last Sunday because of a groin injury. His status for this Sunday's game against Green Bay hasn't been determined. With the Vikings having a bye on Oct. 7, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jackson rested for one more game. That would mean he would return Oct. 14 at Chicago.

QB Kelly Holcomb will be the guy again if Tarvaris Jackson can't go. He made his first start since the 2005 season last Sunday, completing 14 of 28 passes for 165 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked five times. Holcomb's biggest disappointment was overthrowing a wide-open Robert Ferguson near the goal line in the second quarter.

RB Chester Taylor sat out a second consecutive game and it's uncertain when he will return from a hip injury suffered in the season opener against Atlanta. Taylor's situation should be cleared up a bit by how much he is able to do in practice Wednesday.

RB Adrian Peterson continues to carry the rushing load in Chester Taylor's absence. He rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries against Kansas City and already has two 100-yard rushing games this season. That is one away from tying the Vikings' rookie record established by Chuck Foreman in 1973.

RB Mewelde Moore carried the ball only four times and caught two passes serving as Adrian Peterson's backup against the Chiefs. He was on the field for the final drive of the game in place of Peterson because of his pass-blocking skills. Moore had what appeared to be his second career touchdown pass in the second quarter but it was negated when it was ruled tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had trapped the ball.

FB Tony Richardson, who played his first 11 NFL seasons in Kansas City, was unable to play against the Chiefs because of a bruised forearm. He expects to return Sunday to play vs. Green Bay.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe caught three passes for a team-high 51 receiving yards a week after being the intended target on only one play. Shiancoe, though, failed to catch a halfback pass from Mewelde Moore in the end zone in the second quarter. Officials ruled he did not catch the ball clean and a replay review upheld the call on the field.

WR Sidney Rice had two receptions for 21 yards after failing to catch a pass the week before against Detroit. Rice does not have great speed but clearly has some of the best hands on the team.

WR Troy Williamson sat out in Kansas City because of a hamstring injury. It's uncertain how much time he will miss.

WR Bobby Wade had a team-leading four catches for 35 yards against Kansas City. His longest went for only 11 yards. Wade is a trustworthy receiver but isn't going to break many big plays.

WR Robert Ferguson did not catch a ball at Kansas City a week after having three receptions for 29 yards in his Vikings' debut. Ferguson nearly had one of the biggest plays of the game, but what would have been a sure touchdown pass in the second quarter was overthrown by Kelly Holcomb.

CB Antoine Winfield has said he is going to ask the coaching staff if he can spend Sunday's game going against the Packers' No. 1 receiver, Donald Driver. Teams have been staying away from Winfield this season and picking on second-year corner Cedric Griffin and rookie Marcus McCauley, who is part of the nickel defense.

Safeties Darren Sharper (hip) and Dwight Smith (hamstring) both played through injuries against the Chiefs. Sharper had four tackles and Smith had two.

DT Spencer Johnson, a backup who sees extensive playing time because of the Vikings' rotation, is tied with Brian Robison and Kenechi Udeze for the team lead with two sacks.

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