Vikings Have Contingency in Place

The Vikings return to practice today to begin preparations for the Detroit Lions. But they may still have to wait until Saturday night to find out when they will play.

The Vikings find themselves in a potential scheduling Catch-22. With Sunday's game with the Lions still in limbo as the teams sit and wait to see if the Twins and A's will need a fifth and deciding game of the American League Divisional Series, the team's regular preparation is almost guaranteed to be altered.

But it could be worse. The Vikings could be the Lions.

On Monday, the Vikings released their contingency plan for the Lions game. The game will go on as scheduled at noon local time Sunday if a Game 5 is not needed in the Twins-A's ALDS. Otherwise, no attempt will be made to break down the Metrodome after one of the games so both can potentially be played Sunday. If the Metrodome is needed for Game 5, the Vikings would play the Lions Monday night at 7:30 p.m. - a game that likely would be blacked out for most of the country with the exception of fans in Minnesota and Michigan. That has been the typical rule of thumb on the rare occasions when such conflicts have happened.

But things aren't as bad for the Vikings as they are for the Lions. The Vikings are at home and, following the game, head into their bye week. The Lions, on the other hand, need to be in town Saturday in the event the game goes on as planned. If it doesn't, they will need to stay in their hotel an extra day and likely not leave Minnesota until midnight or later (1 a.m. or later Detroit time). To complicate matters, if the game is pushed back to Monday, it will also decrease the preparation time for the Lions next game vs. the Bills. As bad as some Vikings fans think this situation is, it is clearly more of an imposition to the Lions.

However, after losing the first game of the ALDS on their home turf with Johan Santana on the mound, the Twins may be a loss today away from making all of the shuffling a moot point.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* If the Vikings game is moved to Monday, the Taste of the NFL event scheduled for Monday at Winter Park will be pushed back to Tuesday.
* VU is hearing word out of Seahawks camp that the team is likely targeting the Oct. 22 game vs. the Vikings for the return of Shaun Alexander, who has been sidelined with a fracture of a bone in his foot.
* The Vikings may have an interest in Ahmad Carroll, a 2004 first-round pick of the Packers who was cut Tuesday.
* The Patriots released former Vikings QB J.T. O'Sullivan from their practice squad Tuesday.
* The Vikings are currently 22nd in the league in rushing, averaging just 3.6 yards a carry.

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