Injury List Growing

After practices with the Kansas City Chiefs and a full week of training camp, the list of walking wounded is growing in Vikings training camp.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice wasn't in the mood to answer many questions following Saturday morning's practice with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We were just blah," Tice said. "We were not as fired up, as focused, as energetic as we have been. We didn't get much accomplished."

Saturday's practices with the Chiefs marked the end of the first full week of training camp, and the Vikings' list of injured players is growing.

Corbin Lacina, who has been starting at left guard, injured his right knee on Friday and was limping noticeably Saturday. Lacina had been in the starting lineup because No. 1 draft choice Bryant McKinnie is unsigned, forcing the Vikings to move players around.

Cory Withrow, a third-year center, was working with the first unit at left guard Saturday.

Other injuries have left the Vikings shorthanded at cornerback. Starter Eric Kelly and rookie Brian Williams, who is competing for the nickel-back position, both suffered hamstring injuries Friday and didn't practice Saturday, meaning Carey Scott and Mesene Louisdor have gotten a lot of practice time. The Chiefs have thrown deep repeatedly on Louisdor, and many have been completed.

Rookie linebackers Raonall Smith (back) and Max Yates (shoulder), as well as receivers Derrick Alexander (quadriceps) and Cedric James (hamstring) all missed practice.

Tight end Byron Chamberlain (strained calf) participated in only some of the drills.

Rookie guard Ed Ta‚amu suffered a foot injury Saturday, and second-year defensive tackle Winfield Garnett was carted off the field after injuring his right knee.

* About 6,000 fans showed up for Saturday's practice, about 1,000 fewer than Friday.

* Rookie Nick Davis continued to struggle in his bid for the punt-return job. Davis, who has dropped several punts, fumbled in a non-contact drill Saturday. Free agent David Allen is considered the favorite to win both the kick- and punt-return jobs.

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