Moss To Get Limited Role

Randy Moss is expected to play injured on Sunday but in a limited role. A fresher Moss is a more effective Moss, according to Vikings coach Dennis Green.

Vikings coach Dennis Green said that Randy Moss has been bothered by pain in his right ankle all season and that Moss' playing time might be limited at times in an attempt to get more production from the All-Pro receiver.

Moss has had problems with the ankle since he sprained it playing basketball before minicamp in 1998. Green said Moss aggravated the injury in the season-opening loss to Carolina. "It has gotten worse every game," Green said.

As a result, the Vikings listed Moss as questionable on the midweek injury report for the Packers game. He did not practice Monday or Wednesday — the players have Tuesdays off — but was testing the ankle later in the week.

"We are trying to get him to be able to play, and play with it more effectively," Green said. "I think that is what the rest will do. This is not the first time we have done this with Randy. We don't make a big deal out of it, but there have been other times when Randy has only played 50 percent of the plays, and when he has played that way he has been very effective.

"I'm not saying that will be the case here. He didn't play maybe 20, 25 percent of the plays (against the Lions). So he did not play every down like he normally does. We will just look at it and see. It's all about him being effective. He's one of the best players in the game, and it's our job to try and keep him that way."

Moss has not missed a game since being drafted by the Vikings, playing in 59 total, including six in the postseason. Of course, he has been one of the most effective receivers in the NFL during that time, but this season Moss has not been his usually dominating self.

He has 21 receptions for 321 yards and only one touchdown. That is the slowest five-game start of his pro career. Against the Lions, Moss dropped three passes and also lost out in a battle for the ball with Lions cornerback Todd Lyght, who got an interception.

"I think that Randy Moss doesn't normally drop passes," Green said. "One thing you can always tell, if a guy is hurt, his concentration level is not there. It's very difficult to play at your best if you are not 100 percent health-wise."

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