Five Starters In Limbo

The Vikings have five starters listed as questionable for Sunday's game with San Francisco. Who will play and who will sit? That's a big question that Brad Childress isn't talking about.

Telling other teams your injury status is something Brad Childress calls giving away a competitive advantage. He won't do it. He doesn't like it when the media does it.

So it should come as no surprise that he wasn't too forthcoming about the status of the five starters that are listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

This season, being listed as questionable has become the fashionable approach, as teams have dotted their injury report with players listed as questionable -- which means they have a 50-50 chance of playing.

For the Vikings, the five questionable players are Marcus Robinson (back), Kevin Williams (ankle), Pat Williams (knee), Napoleon Harris (wrist) and Matt Birk (knee). Of those, Harris and Kevin Williams seem to be the most likely to miss Sunday's game.

If Harris can't go, Dontarrious Thomas -- who took most of the first-team snaps at MLB Wednesday -- would get the start. Jason Whittle, who backs up Birk, also took snaps with the first team.

We likely won't know until the Vikings take the field who will be in and out of the lineup, but that's the game they play in the NFL these days. Keeping injuries under wraps is part of doing business.

* In addition to the five players listed as questionable, four more are listed as probable -- Ben Leber (illness), Artis Hicks (neck), Marcus Johnson (ankle) and Darren Sharper (knee).
* As insurance in case Harris is sidelined for a period of time, the Vikings re-signed linebacker Rod Davis Wednesday.
* To make room Davis, the team cut wide receiver Jason Carter, but re-signed him to the practice squad.
* On the topic of players listed as questionable, the hype has begun for the Colts-Patriots game Sunday night. Both teams have 17 players listed as questionable for the game and the Pats have Tom Brady listed as probable with a shoulder injury. Brady has been listed on the injury report every week since 2003.

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