No QB Signed Yet

The Vikings' plans for hiring a No. 3 quarterback have been scuttled for this week and perhaps longer as the team goes on without Daunte Culpepper.

The Vikings knew things were going to change when it was learned that Daunte Culpepper would be lost for the season. But how much of a change wasn't immediately apparent. As Friday came and went at Winter Park, the team got through practice and head into Sunday's game with Lions without signing a quarterback.

The team worked out three potential candidates -- Rohan Davey, Doug Johnson and Preston Parsons -- but declined to sign any of them Friday. That means the for at least this week, wide receiver Koren Robinson will be listed as the team's emergency No. 3 quarterback behind Brad Johnson and Shaun Hill.

As reported last week by VU, the Vikings were contacted by former player Jeff George's people, but at this point the team isn't interested in bringing George back.

VU has also been told that the Vikings are considering not adding a third quarterback for the short-term future. Currently there are just two teams -- the Colts and Broncos -- that carry just two quarterbacks on their rosters.

* The backlash to the KSTP-TV report that tried to link garbage found at a construction dumpsite to Bryant McKinnie and Mewelde Moore to claim some involvement in the Vikings boat scandal has been pretty intense. Mike Tice stopped an interview session when a KSTP reporter kept asking questions about Tice's feelings on the quasi-news story, some players had signs over their lockers Friday saying "Boycott Channel 5" and McKinnie has hinted he might sue the station for the insinuation that he was involved with interstate prostitution.
* Erasmus James, who has spent much of his rookie season on the bench, is going to get the start Sunday, as the Vikings revert back to the 4-3 defense after three games operating out of the 3-4.
* Ken Irvin missed a second straight day of practice Friday attending a funeral. He is expected to be inactive Sunday.
* Moe Williams has been ruled out of Sunday's game. His place as the third-down back is expected to be taken by rookie Ciatrick Fason.
* Marcus Robinson was a question mark earlier this week after jamming his left knee during a practice, but he made it through Friday's practice without a setback and is expected to play Sunday.
* Whether it's intentional misdirection or not, the Lions have 14 players listed on their injury report as questionable or worse -- meaning at best they have a 50-50 chance of playing.
* Panther cornerback Chris Gamble wasn't fined for his hit on Daunte Culpeppper which, while borderline because he intentionally went for Culpepper's knee, wasn't deemed dirty or fine-worthy.

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