Bates Ready to Meet Former Team

One would think D'Wayne Bates would be flapping his gums about getting back at his former team when the Vikes meet the Bears Sunday. Those people don't know Bates.

It's become the trend in football these days -- an athlete opens his mouth and trash talk usually ensues. Warren Sapp, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Owens and a host of others are constantly talking smack. D'Wayne Bates is not in the group.

Bates could have a legitimate reason to be upset with the Bears. After a paperwork glitch allowed Bates to become a restricted free agent that wouldn't require compensation, the Vikings signed him to an offer sheet. The Bears matched the offer just to keep the Vikings from getting him, but, after realizing they could not afford to keep Bates, he was released three days later and signed back with the Vikings.

When asked to comment about the Bears, Bates said he won't get into the trash talking typically associated with a player coming back to play his former team.

"I don't get into that type of talking," Bates told VU. "I'll let my actions off the field do my talking for me."

Expect to see the Vikings call a lot of plays Bates' way to show the Bears what they missed out on by not signing him.

* With Nick Davis still slowed by a hamstring injury, Bates may also end up returning punts on Sunday.
* Because the University of Illinois has a form of Astroturf not used in the NFL, the Vikings are going to practice today at the University of Minnesota, which has the same type of turf at its practice facility. The plan is to get the players accustomed to the field condition so they can pick out the proper type of turf shoes to wear Sunday.
* VU is hearing that the Vikings and the agents for Bryant McKinnie may finally be reaching a point of critical mass in the negotiations and there are rumors that something could break soon.
* Kelly Campbell has been added to the injury report for the Vikings after suffering a head injury in Wednesday's practice. He was held out of yesterday's practice as a precaution.

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