Childress Wait and See on O-Line Starters

After a better-than-expected performance from the injury-riddled right side of the Vikings offensive line, head coach Brad Childress said he isn't going to make a quick announcement on the right guard and tackle starters from Sunday's game with the Bears.

After getting solid production from backups Mike Rosenthal, Jason Whittle and Ryan Cook in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, Brad Childress said Monday that he isn't going to publicly name his starters on the right side of the line for Sunday's game with the Bears.

At his press conference Monday, Childress said he intends to simply play the "best five guys" on Sunday, adding that it is too early in the week for the media to speculate on who will start or for him to decide on the health status of Marcus Johnson and Artis Hicks.

"I don't think I'm going to go about naming starting lineups on a Monday before the game," Childress said. "We just have to see. And again, those are all (decisions) that you make as you go through and watch them play and see if they can do what they need to do."

Both Hicks and Johnson were de-activated for last week's game with ankle sprains.

TUESDAY NOTES
* Although the Vikings are stuck in a clot of 5-6 teams, they currently are atop that group of squads, according the league's tie-breaker procedures. The Vikings are one game behind Carolina (6-5), which the Vikes have a tie-breaker edge against – having beaten the Panthers in Week 2 of the regular season.
* There was some speculation that the Vikings-Bears game would be moved to prime time, but the NFL announced that the Seattle-Denver game will be shifted to Sunday night with three other games shifted from noon Central to 3:15 p.m. start times. The Vikings and Bears game will remain at noon.
* The Bears signed former Vikings TE Richard Angulo last week after he was released from the Vikings practice squad last week.
* Jermaine Wiggins suffered a strain of his medial collateral ligament Sunday and his status for next week's game with the Bears remains up in the air.

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