Chapman Out for Sunday

Thursday, VU was told to expect to see much more of Onterrio Smith in the team's home opener. Friday, that was confirmed by Doug Chapman who proclaimed himself unfit to play.

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.

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