Taylor Injury Surfaces

Running back Chester Taylor attended Saturday morning's practice, but the Vikings acknowledged that he was injured in Friday night's scrimmage. Plus, see which players defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and head coach Brad Childress singled out as having a good scrimmage and how that affected one player's rotational role Saturday.

Running back Chester Taylor did not practice with the team because of injury during a short, indoor practice Saturday, but none of the Minnesota Vikings officials would divulge any information.

Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, the team's official spokesman Saturday, acknowledged that Taylor was injured in Friday's practice with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he did not say what the injury was, only that Taylor was being evaluated.

Taylor was in shorts and jersey for Saturday's morning practice, and he appeared to be wearing a wrap around his left thigh. Taylor declined an interview request when trainer Eric Sugarman told him that he didn't have time. The two walked toward the training room inside Minnesota State's athletic building.

Taylor talked with Viking Update after the scrimmage Friday night, but didn't appear to be in any pain or discomfort.

TOMLIN HAPPY WITH SCRIMMAGE

Tomlin said that linebacker E.J. Henderson and end Kenechi Udeze were the defensive standouts against the Chiefs, but that "other guys showed flashes."

"I thought we were solid, about what you'd expect for a first performance," he said. "You can always hustle harder, but I can stand in front of you every week and say that."

KEY YEAR FOR THOMAS

Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas has started seven games over the past two seasons, but each time he lands in the starting lineup, he's been unable to remain there.

"I feel like I have the ability to start," Thomas said. "I have to get the opportunity, but for whatever reason, I haven't been able to hold on to it."

Thomas, the team's second-round draft choice in 2004, has been moved around the linebacking corps and is now the backup to Napoleon Harris in the middle. His speed translates well into Tomlin's Tampa Bay-style defense, which Thomas said is the same scheme he excelled in at Auburn.

"I feel like this is my style," he said. "Hopefully, I can do the same things I did in college."

NOTES

  • Fullback Tony Richardson was absent Saturday, as he is attending the NFL Hall of Fame activities in Canton, Ohio, and is expected back for Sunday's practices.

  • Receiver Marcus Robinson also was gone Saturday, attending a funeral in Chicago, and he also is expected to return Sunday.

  • Troy Williamson, whom coach Brad Childress said was one of his highlight players in Friday's practice against the Chiefs, worked with the first unit, opposite Koren Robinson, while Travis Taylor worked with the second unit.



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