Taylor Still Iffy

Chester Taylor returned to practice Friday, but his status for Sunday's game didn't change. He remains listed as doubtful for the Lions game.

It looks more like Chester Taylor will miss his first game as a Viking. Taylor, who practiced Friday (going through some drills but not wearing full pads), remained listed as doubtful for Sunday's game with the Lions.

When asked if there is any reason to think Taylor can make a recovery to the point of being effective Sunday, coach Brad Childress was succinct and to the point.

"It's his body," Childress said. "There's feedback that you have to have. He knows what the battle is like and he is probably able to quantify that better than I would. He knows what is at stake if he puts his hand up and says, ‘I can go' and then taps himself out three plays into it."

If Taylor can't go, it is expected that Ciatrick Fason would vault past Mewelde Moore into the starter's role. Fason gained 75 yards on 11 carries in last Sunday's game with the Bears, but Childress said they would split time as well.

* Childress is still staying silent on the subject of his starting quarterback, but everyone on the planet now seems convinced that Brad Johnson will get the start.
* Brooks Bollinger was upgraded to questionable Friday, but is expected to be used, if at all, as the No. 3 emergency quarterback Sunday.
* Although both Artis Hicks and Marcus Johnson are improving, it is expected that Jason Whittle and Mike Rosenthal will keep their starting jobs.
* Lions linebacker Teddy Lehman is expected to miss Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.
* Of the seven teams currently battling it out for the NFC wild card, none of them has a record above .500 over the last four games.
* The Vikings have officially been replaced as the NFL's miscreants – a title they earned with the "Love Boat" incident of 2005. Cincinnati's Deltha O'Neal was arrested Friday on drunk driving charges, making him the eighth member of the Bengals to be arrested this year.

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