Vikes Shorthanded at RB

The Vikings enter tonight's game with Pittsburgh with a pair of running backs banged up and likely out of the lineup.

The Vikings had anticipated a heated battle for the starting running back position, but injuries have faded that off into memories.

As the Vikings plan their second game of the preseason, Moe Williams continues to be bothered with injuries that will keep him out of a second game. However, he isn't the only player that may be on the sidelines tonight.

Fullback Harold Morrow sat out drills at training camp yesterday and is questionable for tonight while trying to recover from a partially separated shoulder.

The injuries will allow players like James Wofford, Dewayne Miles and Shaun Paga an increased chance to show their value and make the team, because both Williams and Morrow are not only running backs in the preseason rotation, but both play on special teams.

* The final toxicology results on Korey Stringer were completed Wednesday and they confirmed what Stringer's agent has said all along -- there were no drugs or dietary supplements in his system. The only drug found in Stringer's final toxicology report was a trace of caffeine, which could have come from a soda or cup of coffee that morning or the night before. Since his death, rumors have been circulating that Stringer was taking weight loss supplements that could have contributed to his death, but the test results show no trace of such drugs -- which would remain in a person's system for several weeks under such toxicology testing.
* Vikings radio play-by-play announcer Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton bowed to pressure Wednesday and resigned after just one game as the Vikings new radio voice. The problems surrounding Hamilton arose when the NAACP and other black organizations claimed Hamilton made racist statements on his San Diego radio call-in show. While he admitted making some pointed comments, he claimed all along he was not racist and that the charges against him were being blown out of proportion. Saying he simply didn't want his family to go through any more of the allegation process, he stepped down effective immediately. KFAN talk show host Paul Allen takes his place tonight and a permanent replacement is expected to be announced by the Indianapolis game Aug. 24.

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