Birk "50-50" To Play vs. Jets

The Vikings have spent much of the last year watching Matt Birk rehab injuries, but it looks like he is as close to having a clean bill of health this week as he's been in the last year.

Matt Birk has spent much of the last year in pain. Last season, he suffered a sports hernia injury in the final preseason game and re-aggravated the injury by returning too soon and has a second abdominal tear. As a result of overcompensating for the injury, he later required surgery on his hip.

But, after a lot of time spent rehabilitating the injury, Birk is as close to being 100 percent as he's been since he first sustained the injury. The Vikings said Sunday that Birk is likely "50-50" to play against the Jets Friday at the Meadowlands.

It's unlikely Birk would see a lot of playing time regardless of his condition, but the Vikings want him to get some game action before the Sept. 11 opener.

* A pair of Chiefs players -- Junior Siavii and Greg Wesley -- were arrested after a drunken bar altercation in Minneapolis following the team's loss the Vikings Saturday night. The incident began with an argument between the players and a 21-year old Minneapolis man and quickly escalated. Officers brought in had to use pepper spray and put a bag over the head of Wesley, who was trying to keep police away from Siavii.
* Fred Smoot continues to be slowed with a knee injury that shows no signs of healing. He is expected to undergo more tests this week and is unlikely to play vs. the Jets.
* Anthony Herrera was hospitalized Sunday after an infection was discovered in his leg. He, too, likely won't play Friday night.
* Kelly Campbell reinjured his right quadriceps in pregame warmups Friday and, like Smoot, will likely miss the Jets game.

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