Doug Chapman was still wearing a protective boot Friday, the result of aggravating a high ankle sprain in Wednesday's practice. Although the boot was merely a precaution, Chapman said he likely won't play Sunday night vs. the Bears.
Chapman, who was handed the starting job for a second time at the start of training camp, suffered the ankle injury in the preseason -- opening the door for Moe Williams to start at running back.
After Mike Tice kept Smith on the sidelines the entire opener, it was expected Smith would be a time-share with Chapman behind Williams. But, with Chapman out, Smith will get a much broader showcase Sunday night.
Chapman was downgraded from probable to questionable on the team's injury report, but says despite the questionable status -- 50-50 to play -- he thinks the team is going to shut him down for one week so he can return in time for Detroit in Week 3.
* The Bears will be without both of their starting guards this week -- and for the forseeable future. Rex Tucker has been lost for the year with a knee injury and Chris Villarrial, who was injured in Week 1, will be out at least four to six weeks.
* While many are predicting a blowout Sunday, 12 of the last 15 games between the Vikings and Bears have been decided by eight points or less.
* Corey Chavous has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable, but is still a big question mark to start. If he doesn't start, Willie Offord will take his place. However, Tice said Friday that Chavous will be activated for the game.
* In 16 career prime-time games, Randy Moss has caught 17 touchdowns, which doesn't bode well for the Bears.
Chapman Out for Sunday
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