Call it gamesmanship. Call it what you like. The Vikings have some serious injury concerns at wide receiver that don't seem to be going away.
When the team first released its injury report Wednesday, four wide receivers were listed. Of those four, only Marcus Robinson was expected to miss the game. Robinson spent Thursday in Chicago getting a second opinion on his back injury and has likely been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor and Bethel Johnson are also among the walking wounded, but Williamson was downgraded from probable to questionable on the injury report Thursday.
What are we to make of this? Maybe not too much. Teams have been copying Bill Belichick's M.O. of listing a ton of players as questionable, whether he knows they'll play or he knows they're out for the following game. This week, Belichick has 10 players listed as questionable.
While the injury report may be camouflage for Belichick, the injuries at wide receiver are a legitimate concern for the Vikings, because, if the team isn't at 100 percent, it makes it that much more difficult to beat a powerhouse like the Patriots.
* Matt Birk was the Vikings winner of the 2006 Ed Block Courage Award, given out each year to a player who has overcome adversity to perform on the field. Birk, who had five surgeries in 2004-05, has played in all six games this season and started at center without any injury setbacks.
* The Vikings are one of only two teams that are home underdogs this week. The other is the Raiders, who host the Steelers Sunday.
* Vikings running back Chester Taylor was selected the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week by NFL.com voters for his performance in Minnesota's 31-13 win at Seattle. Taylor rushed for a career-high 169 yards against the Seahawks, which tied him for the sixth-best
rushing day in team history. He also posted the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history and the eighth-longest run in NFL history with a 95-yard TD run. Along with the award, FedEx will donate $5,000 to the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview.
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