Hicks Named Starter

One of the position battles that played out during training camp was at right guard, where Artis Hicks was demoted midway through the preseason. But, as the regular season is set to begin Sunday, Hicks is back in his starting spot.

After a training camp battle in which he lost his starting job, when push came to shove, the Vikings decided to let Artis Hicks continue his pushing and shoving.

Hicks, who started every game last year after being acquired in a trade with the Eagles on draft weekend 2006, had lost his starting job in the preseason to Anthony Herrera, who moved past him on the depth chart prior to the third preseason game.

Brad Childress said the battle between Hicks and Herrera, as well as that of Ryan Cook and Marcus Johnson, would make both players better because competition is good for players.

The decision means that Hicks will start his 17th consecutive game as a Viking on Sunday.

* The Vikings listed safety Mike Doss (calf) has as out for Sunday's game. WR Robert Ferguson (ankle) remains questionable, while linebacker E.J. Henderson (flu), LB Vinny Ciurciu (hand) and safety Tank Williams (calf) are listed as probable.
* The NFL has instituted a program in which the team designates the letter "C" on the jersey of those players selected captains of their respective teams. The Vikings won't have the designation, because Brad Childress names captains on a weekly basis.
* Of the five wide receivers on the Vikings roster, Troy Williamson is the only one that was on the team last year.
* Although he is likely to be the No. 3 quarterback for most of the season, the Vikings are likely to name Brooks Bollinger as their No. 2 QB Sunday because he is much more familiar with the Vikings offense than recently signed Kelly Holcomb.
* The move by KMSP-TV Channel 9, the local FOX affiliate in the Twin Cities, to purchase the final 400 tickets for Sunday's game was not the act of a corporate "white knight." KMSP had its own reason for doing it – more than 200,000 reason if you listen to Terrell Owens' former publicist. The 400 tickets cost the station about $25,000 to purchase, while the revenue that would have been lost had the station not stepped in and the game had been blacked out would be closer to $250,000.
* KMSP is donating the tickets purchased to the survivors, families of the victims and first responders to the I-35 bridge tragedy – part of a "Heroes Day" observance at the dome.
* Not only will Falcons DT Rod Coleman miss the Vikings game, he'll be out for about a month. After have blood build-up drained from his right knee earlier in the week, Coleman had surgery Friday to remove debris from the knee.

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