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Tight end Byron Chamberlain played on the same team as cornerback Dale Carter in Denver and says the Vikings got a steal by signing the veteran cornerback.

* Teams have tried hard to protect against the deep ball from Randy Moss this year. "We're trying, but teams are doing a lot of things to keep Randy contained deep," offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis said before Moss got lose for 171 yards against the Giants. "But we think he's the most explosive (player) in the league, and we're finding ways of getting him open. … There have been times this season he's been open, but either (quarterback Daunte Culpepper) has missed him or (Moss) has missed them. But it is something we are going to keep trying. With a talent like that, you have to keep going deep."

* Head coach Dennis Green on what the return of Robert Griffith brings: "I think quite a bit. He's been an instrumental part of our game, our run game in particular. We've had a lot of trouble with stopping the run all year. I think that will help us. It's a big addition having him back, and hopefully he'll get his rhythm down pretty good and get back into the groove pretty quickly."

* Veteran cornerback Dale Carter characterized the punishment he received from the league as "extraordinary" under the circumstances, which he said involved failure to take required drug tests.

* Prior to signing with the Vikings, Dale Carter, who was living with his brother Jake Reed, had already been attending weekly Bible studies led by Vikings chaplain Rev. Keith Johnson. He had also watched Monday Night Football games with Cris Carter and other players and attended all of the team's home games this season.

* "The Vikings got the steal of the year," said tight end Byron Chamberlain, Carter's teammate in Denver in 1999. "I remember playing against him in Denver. He'd just frustrate our wideouts so much. He brings that intensity and emotion to the game. That nasty, winning attitude you have to have to play corner in this league."

* Rookie defensive end Jeff Hazuga got his first game action against Philly, spelling starter Stalin Colinet at left end. "The only way you can find out if a guy can play is to play him," Baker said. "He's been wanting to play all year." Hazuga also replaced Fearon Wright (now on injured reserve with a shoulder injury) on kickoff coverage.

* Linebacker Antonio Wilson has also taken over some of Wright's special teams duties, according to special teams coordinator Gary Zauner.

* Former Vikings Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary had a portion of a street that was adjacent to his high school stadium in Bellflower, Calif., renamed Ron Yary Way in late October. In fact, the Bellflower Unified School District Board also renamed the stadium Ron Yary Stadium. The ceremony to rename the street and stadium were held during Bellflower's homecoming game this fall.

* Never too early for a mock draft projection. The latest TSN projection had the Vikings taking Florida offensive tackle Mike Pearson. Another had them taking Texas offensive tackle Mike Williams.

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