Vikes Sign Cortez

The Vikings conducted a tryout of a half-dozen kickers with Jose Cortez winning the job of replacing Aaron Elling, as the Vikings hope to see him deliver on kickoffs for the rest of the season.

While Jose Cortez may not end up being one of those stories that ESPN or the other NFL networks fawn over, it's not because his story isn't interesting, it's because he'll just be handling kickoffs and won't be on the field long enough to tell his saga.

Cortez, who played two years with the 49ers before bouncing around trying to stick, was signed by the Vikings yesterday. His last NFL action was last year when he was briefly with the Vikings. He lost his job at that time to Aaron Elling – the same man he is replacing this time around.

It would be a good enough story that Cortez won a six-man kick-off – something that has unfortunately become a Mike Tice specialty – but that he came to Minnesota after just a couple days on his new job – driving a Fed-Ex truck.

For those who believe the NFL is all glamour and big money, Cortez's story should go a long way to showing that there is life after football – even when it absolutely, positively has to get there overnight.

* How frightening is Randy Moss? After the Vikings announced Randy Moss won't play Sunday, Packer players were asked their impressions by the local media. Many don't believe the Vikings and think Moss still might play. Why wouldn't they believe their division rival? Isn't Brett Favre listed as questionable in just about every injury report in November and December?
* Aside from Moss, who is listed as doubtful, the other Vikings on the injury report are as follows: QUESTIONABLE: Chris Claiborne (calf), Raonall Smith (concussion) and Mewelde Moore (ankle); PROBABLE: Marcus Robinson (foot).
* The only Packer of note that is deep on their injury list is safety Darren Sharper, listed as questionable with a knee injury.
* Raonall Smith is out for Sunday's game with lingering effects from two concussions suffered in a two-week time span. He is going today to see a specialist in Pittsburgh for another opinion.

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