With the surprise release of Marcus Robinson with just one game to play in the regular season, the Vikings held an open auditition for seven players Tuesday.
The players brought in were primarily wide receivers and defensive backs. They include former 49ers draftee WR Rashaun Woods, WR Davon Fowlkes, WR Javon Witherspoon, RB Kenton Keith and defensive backs Chip Cox, Wally Dada and Stanford Samuels.
The Vikings are likely to promote someone from the practice squad as early as today and use the vacancy on the practice squad to fill in with one of the players listed above.
* The Vikings have become one of the defensive oddities in recent memory. The team is No. 1 in rush defense and No. 32 in pass defense.
* The Vikings need to limit the Rams to 152 yards or less rushing to set the modern-day record for least rushing yards allowed in a season.
* The Vikings' streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher sits at 27 games. They haven't let a running back hit the century mark since Warrick Dunn did it in Week 4 of the 2005 season.
* About 600 tickets remain for Sunday's game and the Rams will likely be returning some of their tickets, but it isn't expected that the game will be blacked out locally.
* The Rams can earn a wild card berth with a scenario that requires four potentially do-able components. The Rams must beat the Vikings and have three teams that are playing on the road -- the Panthers, Falcons and Giants -- all lose.
* Dennis Green is dodging questions in Arizona about his future. Speculation is running wild in the Valley of the Sun that Green will be fired after Sunday's anticipated loss to the Chargers.
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