Thursday night Vikings

Thursday evening update on the Minnesota Vikings.

-- SS Corey Chavous played on a sprained right knee against the Packers, and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He hasn't practiced this week. He tested the knee on the Metrodome's artificial surface Thursday and will try to practice today. If he practices, he will be upgraded to questionable. But it still will be a game-time decision.
   -- CB Ken Irvin played against the Packers while at about 80 percent recovered from his dislocated his right big toe. He will continue playing nickel back this week and probably will move into the starting lineup at Detroit next week.
   -- RB Doug Chapman, who played a limited role against the Packers because of a high-ankle sprain, suffered a slight setback in practice Wednesday and didn't practice Thursday. He's still probable for the game. Moe Williams will start.
   -- RB Michael Bennett is on the regular-season physically unable to perform list after fracturing his foot during the offseason. He is out until November at the earliest. He saw a foot specialist Wednesday and hopes to be given the OK to resume jogging soon.
   -- CB Brian Williams, who had a 77-yard interception return, needs to play well this week to have any chance of holding off Ken Irvin at starting right cornerback.
   -- CB Ken Irvin, who provided tight coverage at Green Bay, should be 100 percent recovered from his dislocated right big toe by next week. It will be the first time he and LCB Denard Walker will both be 100 percent since the first play of the preseason.
   -- FB Charles Stackhouse has an uphill battle. The Vikings signed the former Giant on Tuesday more because they want to motivate rookie free agent fullback James Lynch. The Vikings aren't expecting much from Stackhouse, and said they might re-sign Lynch, possibly to the practice squad.
   -- FS Brian Russell will stay at free safety this week, while Willie Offord will replace the injured Corey Chavous at SS. Russell is a more natural strong safety, but the Vikings didn't want to practice Russell at strong safety all week and then have Chavous be able to play.

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