Bennett Gets Checked Out

Before the Vikings go full speed with Michael Bennett they want to be sure he's ready for it. He got that word today with another exam.

Vikings coach Mike Tice confirmed on Friday that running back Michael Bennett was in Ohio in search of one final medical opinion on his injured knee before he returns to the starting lineup Oct. 10 against Houston.

"Bennett is in Cleveland today getting a last check to make sure before we go full speed with him — that he's ready to go full speed," Tice said. "He's been doing a lot this week. He took some reps in practice, ran some runs, got banged around a bit. Now we just have to make sure one more time that everything is good to go."

Word is that Bennett's exam came back with a positive report and that he should be good to play after the Vikings return from their bye to play Houston on Oct. 10.

Bennett, who hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in the team's third preseason game against San Francisco on Aug. 27, told Tice he's close to 100 percent.

"You're talking about a running back who's saying he's feeling great but feeling a little laxity in there, and you just want to make sure everything's perfect," Tice said. "I asked him, 'How do you feel on a scale of 1 to 10?' and he goes, '9.9.' And I said, 'Why aren't you starting this week?'

"But I think it's smart to give him two more weeks to get his legs underneath him and conditioning, and we've got three padded practices planned during the bye so he can get banged around pretty good."

After Sunday's game with Chicago, Vikings players will have Tuesday and Wednesday off, then after two days of practice they'll get next weekend off as well.

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