Kelly To Start, Lacina To Sit

Rookie Eric Kelly will get his second start Sunday and, from what VU is being told, it may not be his last.

Eric Kelly has two interceptions this season, something that is hard to come by for the Vikings so far. On Thursday, Dennis Green announced that Kelly will get his second start -- what may be the second of several this year.

With Robert Tate is still hindered by a shoulder injury, Kelly has moved into the starter's role and, when asked if Kelly will return to nickel back duty when Tate is healthier, Green refused to own up to that. In fact, from what VU keeps hearing, there is a good chance that Kelly will remain in the starting lineup, whether it's as a permanent replacement for Tate or supplanting Kenny Wright.

The coaching staff likes his aggression, which is being preached by assistant head coach Willie Shaw. He's made some mistakes, but his big-play ability is what is going best in his favor.

FRIDAY NOTES
* Corbin Lacina, from what VU is being told, likely won't play Sunday. He had an MRI on his ailing ankle and, while it didn't reveal and bone or ligament damage, it did reveal a painful high ankle sprain. Unlike low ankle sprains, high ankle sprains take much longer to heal and, if pushed, can last for an entire season. The team expects Lacina to sit, which means Everett Lindsay will take his guard spot in the starting lineup.
* The bandwagon jumpers are out in force. In this week's Pro Football Weekly, publisher Hub Arkush, a blantant mark for the Chicago Bears, predicts the Vikings will win no more than five games this year. Funny, at the start of the season, he picked the Vikings in the playoffs. Then again, he thought the Bucs would be an offensive juggernaut.
* Brad Johnson was supposed to be the answer in Tampa Bay, but, as of yet, has failed to throw a TD pass, despite playing the less-than-stellar pass defenses of Minnesota and Dallas.
* From the "You Can't Make This Up" Department comes this: A VU source with the Cowboys said Dimitrius Underwood has missed the last two practices. Why? Apparently he's been checked into a mental hospital for his bipolar disorder that has led to multiple failed suicide attempts.
* Through four games the Vikings have just three sacks, lowest in the NFL. To put that in perspective, 20 PLAYERS have three sacks or more, including former Viking John Randle -- who has 3.5 sacks with Seattle.

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