Dale Carter To Get First Vikings Start

The Vikings started a major overhaul in their defensive backfield with changes at every position as they get ready to face the Giants on Monday Night Football.

After keeping Dale Carter activated but inactive (did not play) last week, the Vikings have changed their tune following a pair of blowout losses. Dale Carter will get his shot in the starting lineup Monday as the Vikings host the New York Giants.

Carter was playing with the first unit in a closed practice Wednesday at Winter Park and is going to be given the starting nod. It could be part of a major overhaul of the secondary. Orlando Thomas, who had one of the worst tackling games of his career, is likely to be replaced by Tyrone Carter if Robert Griffith is ready Monday. While Thomas will likely split actual play time with Carter, the demotion is meant to send a message to the rest of the team that no starting job is safe and, to keep it, players must do their job.

While Carter is being handed the starting job, much like Cris Dishman was last year, it is more by force than choice, as the Vikings defense has again dropped to the bottom of the NFL and needs to get a couple of tough home wins against division leaders the next two weeks to salvage the season.

* The Vikings will be hard-pressed up front on offense again this week. While Brad Badger and Corbin Lacina aren't listed as out on the injury report, the Vikings have said both will not play. The full Vikings report is as follows: DOUBTFUL: G Corbin Lacina (calf); QUESTIONABLE: OT Brad Badger (toe), TE Byron Chamberlain (knee), DT Winfield Garnett (ankle/knee), S Robert Griffith (ankle), DL Willie Howard (knee); PROBABLE: RB Michael Bennett (ankle), WR Randy Moss (ankle), WR Troy Walters (knee), DT Shawn Worthen (toe).
* The Giants have only two players of consequence on their injury report. Punter Rodney Williams, who could potentially nail 70-yard punts in a dome, is listed as questionable with an injured wrist, while OT Luke Petitgout is probable with a knee sprain.
* So who is this Lee Flowers punk anyway? The big-mouth safety of the Steelers is making a name for himself more for trash talking than a Pro Bowl level of play. First he badmouths Warren Sapp and calls the Buccaneers paper champions after Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay. Now he's after Randy Moss. When asked who will be on his ideal team, at wide receiver, he said it was a simple decision to take Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith over Moss -- calling Moss a "hot-headed talent." Seeing as the Vikings are coming up on the schedule and Flowers will have to deal with Moss in passing situations, the last thing you want to do is get a hot-headed talent hot before the game -- you may find out just how talented he is.

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