-- SS Corey Chavous sprained the MCL against the Packers and won't practice until Friday at the earliest. Although he returned to the game Sunday, he experienced swelling overnight and isn't expected to play against the Bears.
-- RB Doug Chapman sprained an ankle in the third
preseason game, but was able to play a limited role against the Packers. He will
have an expanded role against the Bears, but probably won't
-- FS Jack Brewer, who bruised his chest in the final
preseason game, will be out another three to five weeks.
Michael Bennett fractured his left foot during the offseason and is on the
physically unable to perform list. He will see the team doctor later this week
and is hoping to get clearance to begin jogging.
-- The tryout
for K-P Travis Dorsch on Tuesday is interesting. The Vikings like him as a
punter, and rookie Eddie Johnson averaged only 37 yards with a net of 30.5
against Green Bay. The Vikings still think Johnson will be a good
-- S Willie Offord will start if SS Corey Chavous isn't
able to. But Offord might start at free safety, while starting free safety Brian Russell moves to strong safety.
-- G Chris Liwienski is
adjusting well in his move from tackle to guard. But he's still having trouble
pulling and blocking the weak-side linebacker. That's why the Vikings are having
trouble running to the outside.
-- RB John Avery is proving to
be a valuable offseason pickup. It will be hard to get rid of him when RB
Michael Bennett returns. Avery showed outstanding quickness and burst of speed
on an 11-yard touchdown reception against the Packers. It was his first play as
a Viking, and the first in the NFL since 1999.
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