Bennett Winning Job By Default

Michael Bennett came to training camp looking to win a starting job. Injuries have made that goal look more like a reality.

Michael Bennett wanted to earn his starting role with the Vikings from the day he was drafted by Minnesota on the first round of April's college draft.

While the team refused to hand him the starting job, it's looking more and more like he'll win the job -- even if by default.

Moe Williams, who entered camp No. 1 on the depth chart, has seen no game action and has been held out of practices for more than two weeks. Meanwhile, Doug Chapman, who thought he had a good shot at winning the job, is now sidelined with a deep thigh bruise that has kept him out of practice and not in game shape.

While many of us believed it was only a matter of time before Bennett was named the starter, he's been getting unexpected help to make his dream a reality.

* The Vikings may be facing a difficult choice if LB Craig Sauer doesn't get good news from the Toronto foot specialist examining his ailing foot that forced him to miss all of last season. Sauer has a higher price tag than younger linebackers who are healthy and, while the Vikings like him as a linebacker and special teamer, if the results of the examination aren't favorable, the Vikings may be forced to make Sauer one of their cuts and go in a new direction.
* On the injury front, the Vikings may catch a break for the Bucs, who many believe will be the team to beat in the NFC Central. Former Viking Jeff Christy sustained a left knee sprain in last weekend's game and is expected to be out three to five weeks, which means he almost surely will be out for the regular season opener and could be on the shelf for most of September.

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