RB Taylor Still Confident He'll Play

Running back Chester Taylor practiced for the second consecutive day, making him confident that he'll play against the Jets after sitting out last week.

While Chester Taylor remains listed as questionable on the Vikings' injury report because of bruised ribs, the running back plans to make his return Sunday against the Jets after a one-game absence.

"I'm practicing, so that means I'm playing," Taylor said after taking part in a second consecutive day of practice Thursday. Taylor was held out of some team drills and said he has yet to take a hit.

"It felt pretty good," he said. "I could tolerate (the pain) when I'm running. It's all about just getting hit."

Artose Pinner proved to be a very capable replacement for Taylor last Sunday, running for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 30-20 victory at Detroit. Taylor, though, is in no jeopardy of losing his job and has delivered everything expected of him since signing with the Vikings as a free agent last March.

He is seventh in the NFL in rushing with 1,098 yards on 265 carries (4.1-yard average) and five touchdowns. He also is third on the Vikings with 38 receptions for 266 yards.

Taylor had not missed a game until sitting out against the Lions. Although that was especially tough because he is from Detroit, Taylor knew it was the smart move for his long-term health.

Last week, Taylor was not able to do any work in practice until Friday. This week he said his ribs feel much better. "I couldn't do what I've been doing (this week)," he said. "It's a lot better from last week to now."

NOTES

  • QB Brooks Bollinger remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against his former team, the Jets. Bollinger separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Dec. 3 at Chicago.

  • NT Pat Williams remained on the injury report Thursday because of a sore right knee. Williams has spent several weeks on the report, but the soreness hasn't seemed to slow one of the NFL's best run stoppers.

  • CB Cedric Griffin missed a portion of team drills because of a sore neck but remains probable on the injury report.

  • LB Napoleon Harris continues to be listed as probable because of a dislocated left wrist that has required a cast since he returned to the field Nov. 19 at Miami.

  • WR Marcus Robinson is listed as probable because of an ankle injury.


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