Leber Practices, Might Play

The Vikings have spent much of the last couple of months making the best of a musical chairs version of linebacker play. What looked to be the latest chapter might be averted. Ben Leber, who remains a question mark for Sunday, practiced Friday and proclaimed himself ready to play. If Brad Childress agrees is another story.

Just when it looked like the Vikings were going to do a linebacker juggling act, another precinct was heard from.

Linebacker Ben Leber, who is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game with the Bills, practiced Friday and said that, if the game were to have been played then, he would have been good to go.

The team is going to wait until today to make a decision on whether Leber will play Sunday. If there is swelling in his injured knee, he will be shut down. If not, he will resume his role as a starter.

If Leber can't go, the Vikings will start Dontarrious Thomas in his place.

* Pat Williams was upgraded to probable for Sunday's game.
* The Vikings are 7-3 all-time vs. the Bills, but few will forget the last meeting between the teams – a 45-39 overtime loss at the Metrodome in which the Bills piled up huge passing numbers. But, in that game, Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield were in the Bills' lineup.
* Dwight Smith was fined $5,000 for a hit deemed fineworthy by the NFL in last week's game vs. the Bears.
* The Bills have allowed opponents just 169 yards a game passing – good enough to be ranked seventh in the league. Look for the Vikings to come out throwing Sunday and put a dent in that number.

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