McKinnie Breaks Bone In Hand

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie has a partial fracture in his left hand, but, despite the injury, he isn't expected to miss any practice or game time as the Vikings prepare for their preseason opener next Monday.

When you hear the term "broken bone in his left hand," most fans are concerned. When the player in question is borderline Pro Bowler Bryant McKinnie, panic replaces concern.

However, the announcement that McKinnie has a partial fracture in his left hand should be followed up with the inclusion that it is an injury he is willing and able to play through.

The Vikings don't expect McKinnie to miss any significant practice time or playing time with the injury and he should be on the field for Monday's preseason opener with the Raiders.

* Brad Johnson is likely to get a new deal worked out to be paid in accordance with being a starter. Right now, Johnson is the lowest-paid veteran starter in the league.
* There has been some national speculation that the Vikings might have an interest in Kerry Collins, who remains available, but the team hasn't shown any public interest in the veteran QB as a backup.
* Kenechi Udeze has dropped 25 pounds since last year's training camp.
* Monday's game with Oakland will be the first Monday night telecast on ESPN, which won the rights to broadcast Monday Night Football last year.
* Monday's game will also mark the return to the Metrodome of Randy Moss.
* There are still tickets available not only for Monday's game, but for all 10 homes games. The Vikings are in danger of having games blacked out. They have sold out every game since 1998 -- the first game Moss played as a member of the Vikings.
* Brad Childress canceled the afternoon practice Wednesday.

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