Chilly on Taylor: 'We'll leave it up to him'

The Vikings lost Chester Taylor early in the season opener and there have been questions swirling all week as to whether the Vikings RB can play Sunday at Detroit or not. In his final comment on the issue prior to gametime, head coach Brad Childress said Taylor will work out early at Ford Field Sunday and then the call will be up to him whether he can go or not.

While Brad Childress remained somewhat coy with the media Friday, he isn't ruling out that Chester Taylor might play some role in Sunday's game. A day earlier, Childress said he was leaning against playing Taylor, saying that he wouldn't be of much use if he only played a couple of downs, aggravated his oblique injury and was sidelined even longer. On Friday, however, that tune changed somewhat.

Childress said Taylor will be a game-time decision. The plan is to have Taylor get on the field at Ford Field early and test out how comfortable he feels. After that, he'll leave it up to No. 29 to determine if he should go or should sit.

"He's done everything he can to put himself in a position to play," Childress said. "We'll see. We'll leave it up to him."

Of the portion of practice that was open to the media Friday, Taylor was on the sidelines watching practice. If Taylor doesn't go, Adrian Peterson will be the starter with Mewelde Moore as his primary backup.

* In the Vikings' final injury report of the week, Taylor (hip/oblique), Mike Doss (calf) and Tony Richardson (forearm) were all listed as questionable, having taken part in limited participation in all three days of the injury report. Three others – Vinny Ciurciu (hand), Robert Ferguson (ankle) and Naufahu Tahi (ankle) were all listed as probable after all three had full practice participation Friday.
* Erasmus James, who was listed as a team decision on the injury report, was not listed as having any practice participation Friday and is going to be inactive for Sunday's game. There has been discussion at Winter Park that, due to the solid play of second-year man Ray Edwards and rookie Brian Robison, that James may be held back until after the Vikings' bye week in Week 5 of the season.
* For the Lions, bruising back T.J. Duckett was listed as out with an ankle injury, Kevin Jones was listed as doubtful while recovering from a foot injury and linebacker Anthony Cannon (quad) and backup QB Dan Orlovsky (toe) were both listed as questionable. Cannon did not participate at all during the week and is a prime candidate to be inactive and Jones stated earlier in the week that he was targeting Week 3 for his first chance at returning to action. On Friday, Lions coach Rod Marinelli said it is "99 percent" that Jones won't play, despite practicing well during the week – calling his Lisfranc foot injury "a brutal injury."
* 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, beating out Adrian Peterson for the honor. Willis made a good case, however, recording 11 tackles and forcing a fumble in the 49ers' 20-17 win over the Cardinals in the late Monday night game of Week 1.
* Thanks to a setback in the recovery of Raiders starting QB Josh McCown, who had a hand injury coming into the week and injured his right foot Friday in practice, Daunte Culpepper is expected to get the start against the Broncos Sunday.
* Former Vikings DT Chris Hovan is likely going to miss the Bucs game Sunday with the Saints with an ankle injury. Hovan, who has been a full-time starter with the Buccaneers since leaving the Vikings, hasn't practiced all week.

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