The results with former Vikings around the league have been mixed so far this preseason. Beyond the Daunte Culpeppers and Randy Mosses of the league, several other ex-Vikings are trying to make their mark in the league.
Former Viking and current San Francisco QB Shaun Hill, competing with Jesse Palmer for the team's No. 3 spot, completed 3-of-5 passing for 30 yards. He also ran once for a 14-yard gain on a third-and-15.
Former Vikings WR Kelly Campbell (quadriceps) missed his third consecutive preseason game with Miami in last Thursday's 19-10 loss to Carolina. Once considered a favorite to make the team, Campbell is a likely roster casualty barring a standout performance in Thursday's preseason finale against St. Louis.
Former Vikings CB Ralph Brown, now with Cleveland, gave up a 54-yard touchdown pass to Peerless Price and whiffed on two tackles. He also intercepted a pass.
Former Vikings RB Michael Bennett, in his first game with the Chiefs, ran for 39 yards on 13 carries and looked ready for his role as Larry Johnson's backup.
Former Vikings P Mitch Berger, now with the Saints, missed his third straight game with a groin injury that has kept him from kicking since the start of training camp.
Redskins RB Clinton Portis remains iffy for the Sept. 11 opener against Minnesota because of the partially dislocated left shoulder he suffered on Aug. 13 at Cincinnati. Either holdover Ladell Betts or newcomer T.J. Duckett would start in place of Portis. Betts started the past two preseason games, rushing for just 34 yards on 10 carries.
Bears RB Cedric Benson was back at practice on a nearly full-time basis Sunday (Aug. 27) and could be available by the season opener after suffering a mild shoulder separation on Aug, 4. He has not played in the preseason and in unlikely to do so in the finale Thursday night, although he has not yet been ruled out.
Ravens RB Jamal Lewis will miss the final preseason game with a hip injury and will be replaced by Musa Smith in the starting lineup. Lewis is scheduled to start the regular-season opener.
Bengals DT Sam Adams, after working out with strength coaches for most of training camp and the preseason, passed his physical late last week and played in the third preseason game. Beside Carson Palmer, Adams and his ability to stop the run might be the most anticipated aspect of the early season for Bengals fans.
Falcons LDE Patrick Kerney is suffering bursitis in his left elbow and will not dress for the final preseason game Thursday night against Jacksonville. Head coach Jim Mora expects Kerney to be 100 percent for the opener at Carolina.
Giants SLB LaVar Arrington got his first in-depth taste of action vs. the Jets. "We are slowly coming together as a defense," he said. "We are improving and it was another good showing. But we have so much more that we can improve on. That's our positive. This team is very deep in talent and we have a lot of good young linebackers, too." He mentioned MLB Chase Blackburn and SLB Reggie Torbor.
Giants FS Will Demps, who showed up during the UFA period from Baltimore after Minnesota also expressed an interest in him, was proud of the fact that the defense has not allowed a TD in 11 straight quarters (the blocked punt returned for a TD by the Jets did not count against the defense). "It is kind of just getting the feel for this defense and the guys and we are really coming together. We're excited now because we feel comfortable with each other."
Giants WR Plaxico Burress definitely had a down game. He dropped a pass right in his hands (meaning he could not publicly call out Manning for poor accuracy), then drew two costly penalties. "Hey, if you are going to get a personal foul, this is the best time to do it -- during the preseason. You know, get them out of the way. The guy [Jets' safety Kerry Rhodes] hit me so I hit him back. I got caught. They always catch the second guy."
Saints WR Joe Horn left Saturday's game early with a back contusion, but should be fine. Horn was injured at the end of the Saints' first play from scrimmage when he caught an 8-yard pass from Drew Brees.
San Francisco TE Vernon Davis has moved ahead of veteran Eric Johnson, but coach Mike Nolan said he considers both players as starters. Davis caught his first TD pass of the exhibition season, a 15-yard strike from QB Alex Smith in the third quarter against the Cowboys. Davis has two receptions for 20 yards in three exhibition games.
QB Craig Nall, whom the Vikings had an interest in during free agency, has a chance to secure the backup job in Buffalo to J.P. Losman when the Bills wrap up the preseason at Detroit on Thursday. Nall tossed a bad interception in the end zone in Saturday's loss to Cleveland but came back to engineer a 79-yard TD drive that included a 56-yard hookup with George Wilson. It was Nall's third TD drive in two games since returning to the lineup after a hamstring injury.
Steelers WR Hines Ward (hamstring) has not played in a preseason game and likely will not play in the finale. However, he vowed he will play in the Sept. 7 opener against Miami.
K Mike Vanderjagt got a tongue lashing from Cowboys coach Bill Parcells on Saturday. Vanderjagt has missed the last two games with a groin injury. And when he has kicked in practice he has been inconsistent. The Cowboys signed Vanderjagt in the offseason to be the savior of their kicking game. With the season opener a little more than two weeks away, they don't know what he can do.
Eagles WR Todd Pinkston saw his first action of the preseason Friday, but doesn't appear ready to make much of a contribution to the offense. He still is bothered by Achilles tendonitis in both feet.
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook hasn't been on the field since stretching ligaments in his foot in the first preseason game. The Eagles say they are just being cautious with Westbrook and that he'll be ready for the team's Sept. 10 season opener.
Lions WLB Ernie Sims, the Lions' first-round draft pick who went off the board before the Vikings' pick at No. 17, has been moved to the first-team defense. He had four tackles, including three solos, in his first NFL start, the Lions' preseason game at Oakland.
Lions WR Charles Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, has missed two of the Lions' first three preseason games with a knee injury. He will play in the final preseason tune-up if he is healthy but there is growing anticipation the Lions will trade him or release him.
Bucs RB Carnell Williams saw his first action of the preseason against Jacksonville and had four carries for three yards and caught two passes for 9 yards.
Bucs WR Joey Galloway made his first appearance of the preseason against Jacksonville and turned a short hitch into a 26-yard gain.
Cardinals DE Bertrand Berry, the right-side starter, will miss the final preseason game after suffering a left knee injury. The move is largely precautionary for the team's leading sack man. An MRI was negative for major structural damage.
Cardinals RB Edgerrin James, who doesn't care to play in preseason games, is getting a free ride from the Cardinals despite his being new to them, and at a time when they are attempting to improve the league's worst rushing attack. Through three preseason games, James has carried seven times for 1 yard. Backup J.J. Arrington, getting most of the work with the first unit, through three weeks has 67 yards on 20 carries. "Everything I've seen, I've liked," James said. "I know we're going to be all right."
Cardinals QB Matt Leinart is solidifying his position as the No. 2 quarterback ahead of John Navarre. During one stretch, Leinart completed 12 successive passes against the Bears, who had most of their first unit on the field.
Broncos QB Jake Plummer is quietly having a good preseason. Plummer is very comfortable in the offense. He also might feel a lot less pressure during the preseason because all eyes are on first-round pick Jay Cutler.
Packers FB William Henderson, who visited the Vikings in free agency, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Aug. 21. The 12th-year veteran aggravated a preexisting injury in the preseason win over Atlanta on Aug. 19. Henderson is questionable to return for the season opener against Chicago on Sept. 10. Vonta Leach is Henderson's top backup, though halfbacks Samkon Gado and Noah Herron and tight ends David Martin, Donald Lee and Tory Humphrey have been cross-trained at the position.
Chiefs RB Larry Johnson had back-to-back runs of 14 and 12 yards in the only series he played against St. Louis, a 64-yard march in which Johnson ran for 37 yards on nine carries before going to the bench for the rest of the evening.
Chiefs DE Tamba Hali beat NFL veteran Todd Steussie on the sack-and-strip that represented his first preseason sack and forced fumble during his first preseason game.
ILB Donnie Edwards remains a Charger and on the trading block. The Saints expressed an interest in Edwards, the Chargers' leading tackler in each of the past four seasons, but wouldn't surrender anything higher than a fourth-round pick. Edwards has been bothered by a sore back, which has kept him from practicing for a month.
Bengals WR Chad Johnson is attempting to become the first NFL receiver since the 1970 merger to win four consecutive receiving yardage titles. Johnson last season won his third AFC receiving yards title in a row, joining former Raiders receiver Tim Brown (1993-95) as the only AFC players to win the hat trick. Former 49ers great Jerry Rice also won three NFC receiving yards titles the same years as Brown. Before the merger, Packers receiver Don Hutson won four receiving yards titles in a row, 1941-44.