The big Vikings question: What's next?

The deed was done. Randy Moss is no longer a Viking, so how does the team move on? Besides the turmoil the decision caused off the field, it leaves a void in the receiving corps, where the other top receiver is dealing with an ankle injury.

Vikings players have to be asking what will happen next?

A crazy season that has seen the Vikings go from an NFC favorite to a near also-ran at 2-5 took another bizarre turn this week when coach Brad Childress informed the team he planned to place wide receiver Randy Moss on waivers. Moss had played in four games for the team since being acquired from New England for a third-round pick.

Childress' decision, which was made without the immediate input of owner Zygi Wilf and has caused big friction at Winter Park, left the Vikings without a true No. 1 receiver and Childress facing the potential for an in-season dismissal a year after getting a contract extension.

Through all of this the Vikings will begin preparations for Sunday's game against Arizona at Mall of America Field. The game is of huge importance to a team that went 1-3 during a rough stretch in October. Fortunately for the Vikings, the Cardinals (3-4) also have plenty of issues.

The Vikings were able to beat Dallas, which has turned out to be an even bigger bust than Minnesota, but lost to the Jets, Green Bay and New England on the road.

Moss played in all those games and had 13 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. But he also established to Childress that he wasn't the type of guy the coach wanted in the locker room.

So what's next? And who the heck is Brett Favre going to throw the ball to?

The Vikings are hoping at some point to get Sidney Rice back. Rice underwent hip surgery in late August and remains on the physically unable to perform list. He began practicing on a limited basis Wednesday.

The Vikings now have a three-week window to activate him to the 53-man roster or leave him on the PUP and end his season.

They might not have Rice against the Cardinals, meaning they are going to need more production from Bernard Berrian, who to this point has had a lost season.

Berrian has only nine catches for 87 yards in seven games and four receptions while Moss was on the roster. Moss' departure also will have an impact on Percy Harvin but it might not be positive.

Harvin had to line up more outside at receiver and drew added coverage before Moss arrived. But in the four games Moss was around, Harvin thrived. He caught 19 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

It will be interesting to see how the Vikings now use Harvin, who is dealing with a sprained ankle he suffered against the Patriots but managed to play through.

The Vikings also are going to have to use Greg Lewis, Greg Camarillo and Hank Baskett on a more regular basis. The 6-3 Baskett has been inactive for the past four games, but he will now become the Vikings' big receiver.

None of this is going to make fans very happy and the decision to let go of Moss already has been heavily criticized. All of this should make for an interesting day for Childress and his team on Sunday.

SERIES HISTORY: 21st regular-season meeting. Series tied, 10-10. The Cardinals cruised to a 30-17 victory over the visiting Vikings last season. That came a year after Minnesota went into Arizona and won 35-14. The Vikings have won seven of the past nine games and nine of the 12 meetings between these teams since the Cardinals relocated from St. Louis.


The Vikings appear to have some serious concerns at cornerback. Chris Cook and Frank Walker, who have both been playing in the nickel, left the game against the Patriots because of leg injuries.

Adding to the issues, is that starting right corner Asher Allen has become a favorite target of quarterbacks and they are having success picking on him. Allen replaced Cedric Griffin, who suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 11 against the Jets and is lost for the season.

It's not certain what the Vikings will do about the lack of depth, and Allen's struggles, but offensive coordinators are feeling pretty safe throwing against the Vikings right now.

  • Favre did not practice Wednesday because of a stress fracture in his left ankle and fracture in his left heel. He also is dealing with a gash in his chin that required stitches Sunday.

  • Harvin did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle sprain.

  • Cook (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • OL Chris DeGeare (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • LB Ben Leber (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • CB Lito Sheppard (hand) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • Walker (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • NT Pat Williams (elbow) was limited in practice Wednesday.

  • Asher Allen (back) was able to take part in all of Wednesday's practice.

  • C John Sullivan (calf) was able to take part in all of Wednesday's practice.

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