-- SS Corey Chavous, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee last week against the Packers, played the whole game against Chicago. He doesn't think he aggravated the injury, but will know for sure Monday morning.
-- RB Doug Chapman didn't play because of a high-ankle
sprain he aggravated in practice last Wednesday. He should play against
-- CB Rushen Jones suffered a concussion. His status
will be updated Monday.
-- RB Moe Williams had cramps in his
calf, but should be ready to practice Wednesday. Coach Mike Tice game the
players Monday off.
-- RB Michael Bennett, who fractured his
foot in the offseason, received some good news Thursday. He saw his foot
specialist, who said the injury is healing nicely. The Vikings are starting to
believe Bennett will be able to return for the Nov. 2 game against the
--TE Jim Kleinsasser continues to play through a
painful bout of plantar faciitis. Despite tight coverage, he caught touchdown
passes on third-and-goal at the 3 and third-and-goal at the 11.
-- P Eddie Johnson has been miserable during the regular season. He averaged
27.3 yards on three punts against Chicago. It got so bad, he downed one of his
own punts for a 7-yard gain.
-- FS Brian Russell, the surprise
winner at free safety during the summer, had his second interception in two
-- S Willie Offord, the man the Vikings wanted to win the
free safety position this summer, isn't of much value in the secondary right
now. Offord practiced at strong safety last Wednesday and Thursday, but it was
Corey Chavous who played the whole game there despite having a sprained right
-- LB Chris Claiborne continues to give the Vikings a
playmaker they sorely lacked at linebacker last season. He had a sack for the
second consecutive game. He also had a pass defensed.
Chris Hovan is still facing a lot of double teams. He had one tackle against
Chicago after having none against the Packers.
-- WR Kelly Campbell is one of the most exciting players on the field. He caught a 51-yard
pass to the Bears' 5 to start the game. He also had a 19-yard end around on
third-and-one late in the game. And the 173-pounder blocked the first punt of
-- QB Daunte Culpepper simply can't hold on to the
football. He fumbled three times against the Bears, losing one. In two games, he
has five fumbles and has lost three.
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