Vikings Notes

News and notes surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.

-- 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 Detroit.
   -- 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 Packers.
   --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 games.
   -- 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 knee.
   -- 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.
   -- DT 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 his life.
   -- 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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