Carter Out 3-6 Weeks

The Vikings got bad news Saturday when they were informed that Tyrone Carter, a player loved by defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and brought back to Minnesota by him, will be out for at least the remainder of the preseason and quite possibly longer.

Any time a player goes down in a preseason game, a coach cringes because, in the big picture, those games don't mean much. Already without Matt Birk and Brian Williams, both sidelined with injuries, the Vikings took another hit Friday.

Tyrone Carter was diagnosed with a strained left MCL Saturday, eliminating him from the next two games and potentially sidelining him until early October. The injury looked serious at the time, but it wasn't thought there was a tear. While it wasn't a tear, it's a severe enough strain that three weeks return time is looking optimistic.

In Carter's absence, Willie Offord will move from strong safety to free safety and rookie Deandre' Eiland has been moved from deep on the cornerback chart to No. 2 at strong safety.

And the beat goes on.

SUNDAY NOTES
* You have to give Jim Mora and the offensive staff for the Falcons some credit for getting their money's worth out of their players. Falcons quarterbacks completed passes to 15 different receivers, including guard-turned-tight end Eric Beverly.
* Rookie Rod Davis has moved past Max Yates on the depth chart to No. 2 at middle linebacker behind E.J. Henderson.
* You have to wonder what is up with former Jets starting linebackers Marvin Jones and Mo Lewis. Both played with Ted Cottrell last year and, given his penchant for pushing to sign former players, despite a clear need for a veteran or two in the linebacker corps, no call has been made to either. Funny, but nobody else has called either. Maybe they all know something we don't on how much gas is left in those tanks.
* The Bears took another step to trying to improve their defense by completing a trade for defensive end Adewale Ogunleye of the Dolphins. In the deal, the Bears ship off Marty Booker, the team's only true receiving threat a year ago. The Bears are planning to run a lot, and if David Terrell and Justin Gage can't pick up the slack, it better be successful running. But, give Lovie Smith credit. He got a player several teams wanted -- and got his sticky contract issue done in 24 hours. Not bad.
* With Kenny Mixon's two-game supsension getting closer, the team is going to start putting rookie Darrion Scott into the line rotation. While he upset coaches by showing up overweight to camp, the next two weeks are being viewed as a showcase opportunity for Scott -- who would continue to see action if he plays well after Mixon returns.
* Mewelde Moore is expected to see significant changes in his role, too. Moore, who leads the Vikings in rushing through two games, is going to be given the reps as Michael Bennett's backup. VU is being told Mike Tice already knows what Moe Williams can do when asked to be the go-to back for an extended period. He wants to see how Moore reacts, since he will be the No. 3 back for the first four games -- if not higher -- due to an injury. Moore is also getting a chance to return punts and is being given the chance to beat Keenan Howry out of the job, which would make Howry's spot on the 53-man roster in jeopardy.
* Marcus Robinson didn't play Friday -- he was a late scratch with a tweaked hamstring.
* Cory Withrow sustained a concussion in the first half of the game, but returned briefly to play in the third quarter -- and got called for an unsportmanlike conduct penalty. Sounds like somebody told him what happened at halftime, he didn't remember it, that made him mad, etc. At least he can tell the coaches "I don't remember that play. I was concussed."

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