Other Injuries Bothering Vikes

There is more to this week's injury report than Randy Moss.

As if Randy Moss' strained right hamstring weren't enough, now WR Marcus Robinson is walking around in a protective boot after spraining his left foot in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Giants.

"Injury-wise, probably the most concerning one is Marcus Robinson spraining his foot," coach Mike Tice said Monday. "We'll list him as probable. But in addition to Randy hobbling around and not being 100 percent for another three to four more weeks, that puts us in a bind."

The Vikings will scan the waiver wire for unemployed receivers. One name that has been mentioned is former Viking D'Wayne Bates.

The Vikings are considering not playing Moss at Indianapolis on Monday. Moss has played only 11 snaps over the past 10 quarters since being injured in the second quarter of the New Orleans game.

He played two token snaps against Tennessee two weeks ago solely to keep his streak of games played alive. He hasn't missed a game in his seven NFL seasons.

Moss played only nine snaps against the Giants, but did not catch a pass for the second consecutive game. The plan was to use Moss in the red zone, but Tice scrapped it when Moss' hamstring tightened up long before the Vikings' sputtering offense reached the red zone.

Moss has not played in the second half of the past three games. The Vikings are lucky he hasn't aggravated or torn the hamstring the past two weeks.

Moss was visibly hobbled during his nine plays against the Giants. He couldn't run past defenders or separate from them underneath. The Giants single covered him after seeing how limited he was.

"Are we better served by resting him and not letting him warm up in the game to play a few plays?" Tice said. "What we need to look at is can we get him back at full speed sooner if we just sit him? Or will he be back at full speed at the same length of time if we play him in a limited role based on the fact that in two weeks he didn't take a step back."

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