Moore To Start Monday

After not running a single play with the offense in Sunday's win, Mewelde Moore has been given the starting job back by coach Mike Tice heading into next Monday's game with the Packers.

Mewelde Moore was relegated to backup duty Sunday, seeing his only action as a punt returner -- but scoring the Vikings' third return TD of the game. That will change next Monday.

At his Monday press conference, Mike Tice said that Moore is going to return to the starting lineup and that his demotion and return had nothing to do with Michael Bennett's lackluster performance as the starter.

"Mewelde will start," Tice said. "The reason Mewelde didn't play (offense last Sunday) was because of the wrist. That's the end of it. There was no other reason. Mewelde is the starter at tailback. I thought we were better served not to play him (Sunday)."

Bennett will return to his role as backup -- in which he plays one or two series as the featured back for the game. With the Vikings planning to run much more vs. the Packers, both backs could see extensive duty in the Vikings backfield.

* Daunte Culpepper is in Birmingham, Ala. for surgery today. Famed surgeon James Andrews is scheduled to do the procedure and, following the surgery, the team will have a better handle on how severe his knee injury is and how long the healing process is expected to take.
* Tice had a MRI on his left knee that showed a torn MCL. The injury, which happened on a punt, revealed the MCL tore off the bone, but the ACL remains intact and the torn ligament won't require surgery.
* Moe Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a nagging injury. He's expected to be out at least the next two weeks.
* Tice said Nate Burleson will receive additional rest this week, saying the receiver is "nicked up." It's expected he will play Monday, but, with the team having three days off heading into the Monday game, Tice said his practice time will be closely monitored.

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