Moore Drops on Chart

The Vikings once again find themselves in a running back controversy -- this time squeezing out the team's leading rusher.

Mike Tice has been adept at dogging Mewelde Moore in his two seasons with the team -- and for fairly good reason at times. Moore, who leads the Vikings in rushing this season, has been criticized by Tice as not being capable of being a full-time featured back due to his numerous injuries.

Monday Tice indicated that Moore might be slipping down on the depth chart. Claiming he's always been "enamored" with big running backs, Tice hinted that short-yardage back Ciatrick Fason is going to see more action. While he said it's too early to turn the featured back role over to the rookie, he did say that Fason will be working his way into more touches.

With Michael Bennett penciled in as the starter for the time being, it would seem that any more action Fason sees will come at the expense of Moore -- leaving him serving as the odd-man out.

* Keith Newman got the results on an MRI that showed a strained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Surgery won't be required and he's expected to miss two weeks. It's the same injury Nate Burleson suffered earlier in the season.
* Kevin Williams is expected back in the lineup Sunday. He'll replace C.J. Mosley, who both Tice and Brian Baker have praised as a fill-in for Williams.
* Brian Williams is expected to keep his starting job ahead of Fred Smoot for another week. As Tice said about the situation, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But unlike the Rams, who routinely line up with three receivers, the Steelers are much more likely to run predominantly two-receiver sets.
* Chris Kluwe returned to practice Monday and Tice is optimistic that he may be able to return Sunday.

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