Vikings Sign Dale Carter

The Vikings weren't going to let Dale Carter get away when he became available and, late Wednesday, the Vikings finalized a deal that could have Carter starting Sunday.

The Vikings have two Carters starting Sunday -- wide receiver Cris and safety Tyrone -- but it looks like there is the possibility there may be three.

As reported by VU yesterday, when Dale Carter was released by Denver Tuesday, if he cleared initial waivers, the Vikings were going to make their move. They had easy access, since he was staying with his brother Jake Reed in Eden Prairie and, when he cleared waivers, the talks began.

VU was told a deal was reached late Wednesday and that, while it may be a short-term deal, the Vikings are looking to get a deal done that will keep Carter in Minnesota for the near future. While our team source wouldn't say the length of the contract, he did drop one interesting tidbit -- Carter has kept himself in game shape and could be ready to start as early as Sunday.

The deal is expected to officially be announced today, but the announcement may come about the same time as Carter hits the practice field. A jersey has already been made with his name on it, a locker has been opened up and it's just a matter of getting him on the field and ready for Sunday -- showing the Vikings are moving fast to get some help for the secondary.

THURSDAY NOTES
* In an update to another story VU reported earlier this week, the family of Korey Stringer will conduct a press conference today to announce what could be as much as a $100 million lawsuit against the Vikings. While it was expected that the family would seek at least the $8 million in salary left on Stringer's contract and as much or more in comepensatory damages, the $100 million figure astounded many at Winter Park. Named in the suit are the Vikings, the NFL, Red McCombs, Dennis Green, line coach Mike Tice and the entire Vikings medical staff to name some.

The Vikings refused comment on the story, but there may be comment after it's made public. It could also be awkward, since the principals involved will all be at a ceremony during the Giants game to retire Stringer's number.

* While Robert Griffith practiced Wednesday, he is still expected to miss Sunday's game at Philadelphia. He's one of many listed on the Vikings injury report despite coming back from a bye week. The list -- OUT: LB Fearon Wright (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: G Corbin Lacina (calf); QUESTIONABLE: DT Willie Howard (knee), S Robert Griffith (leg); PROBABLE: RB Michael Bennett (ankle), WR Randy Moss (ankle), KR Troy Walters (knee), LB Ed McDaniel (hip flexor), LB Lemanski Hall (hip), G David Dixon (calf.)

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