Moss Ready To Go Sunday

After leaving some people (not us) in suspense over whether he would play Sunday, Randy Moss returned to practice at full speed Thursday.

There were some questions around Winter Park about the severity of Randy Moss' ankle injury and some fears that he wouldn't be ready for Sunday's national TV game vs. the Packers.

Those fears were put to rest Thursday, as, after being sidelined on the practice field since Sunday, Moss returned at full speed Thursday -- a clear indication he's ready to go Sunday.

While Moss had indicated all along he would play Sunday, the Vikings took the precaution to keep him in light drills only, but, considering the gravity of Sunday's game, the Vikings were glad to see him on the practice field Thursday and are looking for big things Sunday -- Moss has more yardage and touchdowns vs. Green Bay than any team in the NFL.

* The word wasn't as good for Michael Bennett. While he, too, expects to play Sunday, he again sat out practice Thursday and, for a second day, Doug Chapman and Travis Prentice got all the work with the first unit. VU is still hearing that, barring considerable improvement today and Saturday, Bennett will be deactivated Sunday.
* Two Vikings were fined by the NFL for infractions in the Detroit game. Safety Henry Jones was fined $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Charlie Batch, while Cris Carter was fined $5,000 for taunting on a fourth-quarter reception. Carter is the third Viking this season to be fined for taunting -- a rule the officials are strictly enforcing this season.
* Green Bay's Bill Schroeder and Na'il Diggs are both still listed as probable, but neither practiced Wednesday or Thursday.
* The play of Schroeder and DT Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila have resulted in the team's top two draft picks this year -- DT Jamal Reynolds and WR Robert Ferguson -- not being activated for any games this season. Gbaja-Biamila leads the NFL with nine sacks this season. * Although Brett Favre won at the Metrodome last season, his career record as a starter at Minnesota is just 2-7 -- the worst record of any team Favre has played against in his career.

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