Vikings Monday Madness

Vikings team news and notes.

-- QB Daunte Culpepper suffered three fractures in the transverse process, a small bone near the bottom of the spin. He won't practice until Friday, if at all this week. It normally takes two to six weeks to come back from, but the Vikings haven't ruled Culpepper out for the 49ers game.
   -- WR Randy Moss finally revealed to the team Sunday that he has been playing with back spasms sine the season-opening victory at Green Bay. Moss will not practice this week, but coach Mike Tice said he will play, even though the team will list him as questionable.
   -- DL Billy Lyon strained his left calf against the Lions and did not return. He'll be questionable.
   -- LB Nick Rogers strained his right buttock against the Lions, but he'll probably play against the 49ers.
   -- FS Jack Brewer, who hasn't played since suffering a chest injury in the final preseason game, is expected to return this week. He's the Vikings' best special teams player.
   -- Doug Chapman, who has missed two consecutive games because of a high-ankle sprain and sore Achilles' tendon, will be probable this week.
   -- WR D'Wayne Bates bruised his foot against the Bears two weeks ago and did not play against the Lions. He'll be probable this week.
   -- FS Brian Russell has swept the rest of the NFC North's quarterbacks, intercepting Brett Favre, Kordell Stewart and Joey Harrington. Coach Mike Tice admitted he didn't think Russell had a chance to win the starting free safety position.
   -- DL Kevin Williams, who moves from end to nose tackle in the nickel defense, hasn't had great statistical games. But he is pushing the pocket on passing downs. The same can be said for DT Chris Hovan.
   -- DE Lance Johnstone has benefited from less playing time. The former starter at right end plays only in the nickel. That has made the 250-pounder a lot fresher. He had 1 1/2 sacks against the Lions, including a 9-yarder that pushed the Lions out of field goal range.
   -- DL Chuck Wiley, a sturdy player who was one of the last to make the final roster, will be activated this week because of the calf injury to Billy Lyon.

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