Kelly Looks Good, Will Start

In his first day back on the job at a full-pad practice, Lewis Kelly looked sharp and will get the start Sunday at left tackle.

The strange saga of left tackle looks to improve Sunday when the Vikings look for their first win of the season. The original intention was to have Bryant McKinnie start at left tackle. With his holdout now in a league-long 54th day, the job fell to Lewis Kelly, who was supposed to start at RT.

With Kelly gone for the first two games following the death of his wife and unborn child, the job fell to anticipated third-string LT Everett Lindsay. When he was sidelined with back spasms, fourth-stringer Adam Haayer got the call.

That will change Sunday. Kelly was back at practice Wednesday -- his first full-pad practice since leaving the team following his wife's funeral three weeks earlier. While he was a little rusty at first, he impressed offensive line coach Steve Loney with his performance and will start Sunday.

Because of his extended layoff, Loney told VU that he doesn't expect Kelly to play every down. But, with Lindsay's back doing much better, he won't have to play every down.

Now if they can just get McKinnie signed, all could be right on the offensive line -- at least the left side.

THURSDAY NOTES * In a strange twist of fate, one of the subsidiary companies owned by Clear Channel Communications -- whose primary stockholder is Red McCombs -- is a sports management agency. One of McCombs employees? Jim Steiner, who represents McKinnie. Perhaps Red should use his influence to cause some problems with his other businesses to get Steiner off of square one.
* The Vikings released their injury report Wednesday and several key players are listed. TE Jim Kleinsasser (knee) is listed as out, while TE Byron Chamberlain is listed as questionable (he took part in only a few parts of Wednesday's practice with a knee injury). Others listed include DE Talance Sawyer (doubtful, knee/ankle), LB Patrick Chukwurah (chest, questionable) and punt returner Nick Davis, who is probable with a hamstring injury.
* The Panthers injury report includes RB DeShaun Foster (knee, out), K John Kasay (groin, out), DE Kemp Rasmussen (hamstring, questionable) and three players listed as probable -- DT Sean Gilbert (knee), DE Mike Rucker (ankle) and CB Dante Wesley (hernia).
* For you Randy Ratio fanatics, the numbers for Week 2 have been made official by the league. Of the 46 passes thrown by the Vikings last week, 20 of them (43 percent) were deemed to be thrown at Moss. He caught 11 of them and of the nine incompletions, one was ruled a a drop, two passes were defended by d-backs, and six were ruled as poor throws by Daunte Culpepper. At this pace, Moss is expected to be the target of 248 passes and will catch 136 of them -- which would be an NFL record. As always, VU will be your Randy Ratio leader throughout the year.
* From the Strange Twist of Fate Department comes this: Tim Seder may be kicking in the Metrodome Sunday after all. After being claimed off waivers and then released by the Vikings, Seder is one of the finalists to replace injured John Kasay for the Panthers Sunday.
* The Vikings signed TE Shawn Draper to the practice squad Wednesday and released RB Jeremy Allen.
* Injuries within the division are starting to mount. Green Bay lost tackle Mark Tauscher for the year Sunday and RB Ahman Green isn't expected to play vs. Detroit Sunday. Meanwhile, the Bears lost DT Ted Washington for 10 weeks or more with a broken bone and ligament damage in his ankle.

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