Moss Questionable For Sunday

The Randy Moss scare came two weeks before Halloween, but the "Freak" continues to be diagnosed with a strained hamstring and his availability for Sunday's game against Tennessee will be questionable for most of the week.

It was a moment that sent chills down the Vikings sidelines and through television sets throughout the country. It was the image of Randy Moss laying on his back motionless except for waving the medical staff out onto the field.

What first looked like it could be something more serious was diagnosed as a strained hamstring — a relief for those who feared the worst, but a question for Vikings coaches and players as the prepare for the Titans this week.

Following last night's game and Monday's press conference head coach Mike Tice credited Moss with being a quick healer, but said he will immediately be listed as questionable. Moss has never missed a game in his career, which is not to say he's never been hurt. Today the news continued to be a "strained" hamstring versus a "tear," so unless doctors keep him off the field don't be surprised to see No. 84 in the starting lineup next week. Moss is as tough as anyone in the NFL — even those who never admit to taking plays off.

However, Tice did express a cautious approach today, saying it "is a little worse than mild" and that "we've got to decide by Friday. If not Friday, then certainly Saturday." Tice said it is an injury that he doesn't want to see linger, so resting Moss for a week in favor of getting him full strength the rest of the year is a serious consideration.

* Before leaving, Moss caught a TD in his 10th straight game, tying him with former Bengal Carl Pickens for No. 4 all-time. As expected, Jerry Rice leads the list with 13 straight games with a TD, followed by Buddy Dial and Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch with 11 each.
* Cornerback Brian Williams suffered a strained right foot and should play Sunday.
* Linebacker Chris Claiborne re-injured his calf, and Tice said Raonall Smith will start in his place Sunday. Smith also suffered a "mild" concussion, according to Tice.
* Running back Michael Bennett is expected to play, but Tice has already informed the coaching staff that Mewelde Moore will start.
* E.J. Henderson is also expected to return and start at middle linebacker in the base defense, with Dontarrious Thomas playing middle linebacker in the nickel defense.
* Third-round draft pick Darrion Scott was inactive against the Saints in order to allow defensive end Chuck Wiley to play in Louisiana. Wiley played for LSU in college.
* The NFC North carousel continued Sunday with the Packers returning from the dead to beat the Lions. To get the confusion straight, the Vikings have beaten the Bears, who won on the road at Green Bay, which won on the road at Detroit, which won on the road at Chicago. Confused? So are they.
* Daunte Culpepper became the first player in NFL history to throw five or more touchdowns in three games in a season. Considering he has 11 more games to go, he could shatter the record.
* Culpepper became the first quarterback since Joe Montana in 1990 to throw a combined nine or more TDs in consecutive games.
* As expected, the Vikings extended their NFL record of 34 straight games with 300 yards or more of offense.
* While the passing game is getting the headlines, the Vikings set an NFL record by averaging 4 yards or more per carry for a 15th straight game.
* Culpepper is on pace to throw 58 touchdowns this season — 10 better than Dan Marino's NFL record of 48 in 1984.

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