McKinnie, Cowart Injured

Two key Vikings starters remain in limbo with injuries that could sideline one or both of them Sunday at Cincinnati.

Coming off an opening-day upset loss to the Bucs, the last thing the Vikings need are injuries to key personnel. But, that's exactly what they got when the players reported to work Monday.

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who left the Metrodome Sunday in an air cast, was sporting an immobilizing walking boot Monday following an MRI that showed no significant bone or structural damage to the injured ankle. His status remains up in the air.

Also at question is whether linebacker Sam Cowart will return in time for Sunday's game. Cowart, who sustained a neck stinger in the first half, suffered a strained left calf in the second half and could be sidelined Sunday.

For now the Vikings have to play the waiting game and hope the recuperative powers of their players will be enough to get them back on the field for what is shaping up to be a critical game for the team.

* VU has been told that if Cowart can't go, it's more likely that the Vikings would put backup Rod Davis in at middle linebacker instead of moving OLB E.J. Henderson back to his old position. But, if it's deemed that Cowart could miss significant time, that plan would change.
* As reported here earlier, the Vikings re-signed Koren Robinson Monday. Robinson received some offers after being released, including a deal from the Packers, who are struggling after losing star WR Javon Walker for the season.
* Kevin Williams has his first court hearing today stemming from charges filed in an Aug. 28 domestic incident.

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