The Vikings didn't seem to miss a beat without Chester Taylor last week, but that admittedly was the Lions, who everyone seems to steamroll.
But, after Artose Pinner lit up the Lions for 125 yards, Taylor wants his starting job back. He returned to practice Wednesday and proclaimed himself ready to play Sunday.
Of course, the final decision lies with Brad Childress, who, as you can imagine, won't be talking on the situation.
The medical staff believes today will be the best gauge as to whether Taylor can play -- a day after he gets hit and twisted around for the first time.
* Tight end/fullback Jeff Dugan signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $4.25 million with a $750,000 signing bonus.
* The Vikings worked out four punters and a pair of kickers and long snappers Wednesday. While it isn't clear that any of the current players at those positions are in jeopardy, rumors surrounding Chris Kluwe's wrist injury or potentially signing a kicker to handle kickoff duties are both possible scenarios.
* Childress discussed the "sound enhanced" video the Dolphins purchased, saying it was a first for him to hear of a team buying tape that includes a QB's cadence. He admitted that such things go on in the way of "stealing signs" like is done in baseball, saying Wednesday that "there is a little espionage out there."
* In former Viking news, Nick Saban re-affirmed Wednesday that Daunte Culpepper will be the franchise QB of the future and just needs to get to 100 percent before playing.
Taylor: Plan Is To Play
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