Bates To Be Deactivated

For yet another game, the Vikings will have to play without D'Wayne Bates, who aggravated his troublesome hamstring injury.

D'Wayne Bates has seen his 2003 season as a wasted opportunity. After becoming a starter last year and catching 50 passes opposite Randy Moss, Bates has spent most of this season injured with a hamstring ailment.

Sunday will be no exception. VU has been told that Bates, who wasn't listed on the team's original injury report, will be deactivated Sunday vs. Detroit after re-injuring the hamstring in practice.

The injury leaves Bates' role with the team in some jeopardy. He has fallen behind Kelly Campbell and Nate Burleson on the depth chart and will have to fight his way back into playing shape to keep his role with the team or face a training camp battle for a roster spot next year.

* Why did the Vikings lose last week? Daunte Culpepper threw for a personal-best 396 yards -- only 25 of which went to Randy Moss.
* George O'Leary admitted Friday that he has been contacted by the University of Central Florida for its head coaching vacancy.
* As noted earlier this week, the Lions have lost 21 straight road games. They are currently two short of the all-time NFL record of 23 set by the Houston Oilers in the 1980s.
* The Vikings have scored 33 touchdowns this year, as opposed to just 18 for the Lions.

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