-- RBs Michael Bennett and Doug Chapman are on coach Mike Tice's bad side. Tice didn't let them travel to Detroit because he felt they lacked concentration at Friday's practice. Neither player would have played Sunday. Bennett is out until at least November because of a fractured foot, and Chapman is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain and sore Achilles' tendon. Bennett watched practice Friday from a cart. Chapman stood next to him after leaving practice early because his ankle started to bother him.
-- QB Daunte Culpepper
suffered a lower back contusion in the second quarter on his second touchdown
rush of the day. He didn't return and was scheduled to have an MRI Sunday
-- DL Billy Lyon strained his left calf in the first half
and did not return. He is day-to-day.
-- LB Nick Rogers suffered
a right hip contusion. He is day-to-day.
-- WR Randy Moss played
despite serious back spasms. He'll be evaluated today.
Doug Chapman missed his second consecutive game because of a high-ankle sprain
and a sore Achilles' tendon. He remains day-to-day.
D'Wayne Bates bruised his foot against Chicago last week and did not play
against the Lions. He will be evaluated Monday.
-- CB Brian Williams kept his job as a starter, even though the more experienced Ken Irvin
is back to 100 percent from a dislocated big toe. Williams has made great
strides from last season and is one of the surest tacklers on the team. Irvin
continues to play as the nickel back.
-- FS Brian Russell had
his third interception in three weeks. He dropped deep into zone coverage and
then came up to take a pass from Lions WR Az-Zahir Hakim at the Vikings' goal
line. That set up a 98-yard touchdown drive.
-- WR Kelly Campbell got his third career start because D'Wayne Bates was out with a bruised
foot. Campbell dropped three passes, but made up for it by beating backup CB
Otis Smith for a 72-yard touchdown reception that gave the Vikings a 23-13 lead
in the third quarter.
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