Moss In; Birk and Dorsey Out?

The Vikings feared they would lose Matt Birk for much longer than they did earlier this season. With his pain resurfacing, he will likely be a gametime decision Sunday.

A hernia is one of the most painful injuries an NFL player can suffer. With a tear in the abdominal wall that makes the intestine try to push its way out, an injury such as this can cause excrutiating pain.

Matt Birk is suffering through such an injury and, although he told VU Sunday he would continue to play through the injury, the medical staff and coaches may be leaning toward having him sit one week at some point down the stretch.

If Birk does sit, Cory Withrow will get the start.

THANKSGIVING DAY NOTES
* Right tackle Nat Dorsey practiced Wednesday, but with the second unit -- giving rise to more speculation that Adam Goldberg will start Sunday.
* Despite the Ron Artest brawl debacle, the NFL will begin its long-awaited experiment of allowing seats on the field of play at the Vikings-Jaguars game. It will be one of four games during the regular season that will allow fans to sit 12 yards from the sideline in easy chairs. With the current concern over player-fan violence, let's hope they cherry-pick the participants.
* Randy Moss had a full two-hour practice Wednesday with no setbacks. He is still listed as doubtful on the injury report.
* Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio named Byron Leftwich his starting quarterback for Sunday. Leftwich has missed the last two games with a leg injury.
* The Vikings have been behind by 12 or more points in each of the last three games.

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