When the Vikings were rolling early in the regular season, the biggest concern at the time was not having Jack Brewer, the acknowledged leader of the special teams.
With defense now the focus of the Vikings' current three-game losing streak, special teams may have taken its own step up the concern ladder. Brewer, who captains the special teams, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, leaving another hole in the Vikings armor.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Vikings signed CB Rhett Nelson from the practice squad and replaced his spot on the practice squad roster with LB Max Yates.
* Despite some talk that Denard Walker would return to his starting job at cornerback Sunday at Oakland, Mike Tice said Tuesday that Ken Irvin will remain the starter this week.
* A radio controversy erupted Tuesday as word began to spread that Tice guaranteed a win Sunday vs. the Raiders. In an interview with KFAN-Radio, Tice said he "has no doubt" the Vikings would end their losing streak Sunday, which some interpreted as a guarantee. It wasn't. If you want to see the difference, listen to Bengals WR Chad Johnson talk about beating the undefeated Chiefs. That is a guarantee. Tice was simply saying he's confident his team will win. There wasn't really much to explain on Tice's part. Was he supposed to say the way the Vikings are playing the Raiders should roll them over?
* When asked by VU if there was any interest in signing WR Kevin Johnson, Tice said the team had no interest. The question was legitimate, since the Browns had twice tried to package trade offers with the Vikes that included Johnson, who was released Tuesday.
Brewer Goes On Injured Reserve
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