Injured Vikings to Get Tested Today

The Vikings return to practice today with some substantial injury questions that need answering.

The Vikings have been spending much of the last month looking to reclaim a spot that they feel they deserve -- a playoff berth and potential division title. From the death of Korey Stringer to upset losses to Carolina and Chicago, the Vikings have spent the entire season wondering what the future will bring.

Heading into Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions, the Vikings have questions on the health front at the top of their list that could have serious ramifications. Corbin Lacina is still slowed by a sprained ankle. While X-rays showed no breaks or ligament damage, Lacina is a question mark for Sunday -- even though he is confident he will play.

On the defensive side, corners Robert Tate and Wasswa Serwanga are also question marks. Tate has shown improvement in the last week, but is still protecting an injured shoulder. Serwanga, who suffered an abdominal strain, still isn't practicing at 100 percent.

While the Vikings remain confident they can manhandle the Lions, these injuries are the biggest concern at the moment.

* The Lions made it official Tuesday -- announcing that Charlie Batch will be the starting quarterback against the Vikings, finally sitting Ty Detmer after seven interceptions vs. Cleveland and an interception for a TD vs. St. Louis on Monday.
* The Vikings signed LB Antonio Wilson from the practice squad Tuesday. To make room for him, they released FB Matt Snider. The Vikings may fill the vacancy on the practice squad as early as today.
* The Vikings ran just 11 times Sunday and rumors are starting to spread that some people in the organization think Michael Bennett may be a little too soft and tentative. However, Sherm Lewis insists all Bennett needs is more touches to get his comfort level up.
* Former Viking Matthew Hatchette continues to struggle with the Jets. Through four games, he has just one reception and has spent more time simulating opposing receivers on the scout team.

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