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Michael Bennett got the start and a lot of work against the Colts, but the other two backs in the running for significant playing time during the regular season, Doug Chapman and Moe Williams, are both expected back next week.

* One preseason play took out one current Viking and one former Viking when Doug Chapman and Dewayne Washington collided in the Vikings-Steelers preseason game. As Washington dove to tackle Chapman, the cornerback's helmet hit Chapman's thigh while he was lifting it in stride. Washington suffered a concussion and lay on the field for several minutes. Chapman suffered a thigh bruise and was held out of the Colts game.

* The limitations to Chapman because of his injury and a nagging foot injury to Moe Williams that caused him to miss most of training camp may have cleared the path for first-round draft pick Michael Bennett. Bennett and Chapman had shared time early in preseason, but Bennett is the only really healthy viable option left at running back as the preseason winds down. Chapman said after the Colts game he was 90 percent sure Williams would play against Miami and 110 percent sure he would. And running backs coach Carl Hargrave says the position is still up for grabs and could be a committee approach.

* The Vikings still haven't decided on a full-time play-by-play radio announcer. Team officials said they hope to name a full-time replacement before the regular season starts.

* The Vikings traded a low-round draft pick to acquire offensive lineman Everett Lindsay, but one big name remained on the open free-agent market. However, the Vikings have zero interest in former Cowboys tackle Erik Williams, according to offensive line/assistant head coach Mike Tice. Was he ever considered? "No. Never," Tice said, adding a few other choice words to drive home the point that Williams was not an option.

* The cyclical nature of the NFL can produce a lot of irony. The Vikings drafted Lindsay in the fifth round in 1993, then traded him to Baltimore for a sixth-round pick (which went through Tampa Bay), then re-acquired him for a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick. So he is back adding depth on the Vikings offensive line while the Vikings used the draft pick obtained in his trade to Baltimore to draft Sawyer. It's not exactly Fran Tarkenton to and from the Giants, but it has been a good round of moves for the Vikings. VU

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