Tate a Nickel Again

Cornerback Robert Tate will probably play Sunday, but the Vikings still have some concerns about his ability to tackle in run support.


Eric Kelly appears to have taken over at right cornerback for Robert Tate, who saw limited action against New Orleans because of a shoulder injury. Tate saw time at nickel back against the Lions.

Vikings coach Dennis Green said Tate is coming along, but expressed some concern about Tate's ability to play a regular role against Green Bay.

"The key thing is, does he have the ability to play on base defense?" Green said. "(The Packers) are a team that will run the ball very well. They believe in the fast-back type approach. All the guys are going to have to be tacklers. We like the progress Robert is making; he played in nickel (against Detroit) and was effective in doing it. I think he will do the same thing this week, but I don't think we will play him in base."

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