Badger Injured in Practice

As if the question marks on the offensive line aren't enough reason for concern, it got worse Wednesday as Brad Badger dropped with a knee injury.

It had all the makings of a typical midweek practice. The Vikings were in the process of finishing up the light afternoon practice and doing run-throughs of what to expect from the Carolina defense, when left tackle Brad Badger went down in a heap, holding his right knee.

We will find out today the extent of the damage, since swelling is usually a benchmark to determine how severely the injury may be. As of Wednesday, the training staff was calling the injury a strain, but wouldn't elaborate on the extent of the injury. VU will be on that today.

If Badger can't go, it's likely that Lewis Kelly or Cobin Lacina would shift over into the spot.

* On the injury front, Robert Tate was listed as probable on the team's injury report, but is wearing a special brace on his injured shoulder. The injury has apparently caused some nerve damage, weakening his deltoid muscle.
* Nate Jacquet looked to have the kick return duties wrestled away from Troy Walters, but that took a backward step Wednesday, as Jacquet pulled a groin muscle. Depending on how quickly he heals, Walters may have the job back Sunday.
* The Vikings signed fullback Matt Snider late Wednesday to a two-year deal. No immediate announcement on where he will fit in or who will be shifted to the practice squad was made public at the signing.
* It now looks like the referees strike will last for some time. The union rejected the NFL's increase from a raise of 40 percent to 60 percent. Officials want a 400 percent raise, which the NFL still looks unwilling to meet.

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