Taylor Regains Starting Job

The Vikings will be without Adrian Peterson for at least this week, but their former starting running back is ready to go and make people not forget A.D., but remember what Chester Taylor did for the team last year.

With the state of Minnesota hanging on every word about the condition of Adrian Peterson's ailing right knee, the good news for the Vikings is that they have a decent fall-back plan in Chester Taylor.

"I think he did a great job of coming in the game, entering the game and picking up some slack," head coach Brad Childress said of Taylor's relief appearance after Peterson's injury. "He had a nice run and a nice screen play there and he obviously has a track record. He's a good player as well, so just like I mention to you every week, we just expect somebody to pick up from there, both him and Mewelde Moore as well.

Taylor, who spent the first four years of his career playing behind Jamal Lewis, was used to making a spot start as injuries to Lewis began to add up. After rushing for 1,216 yards on a franchise-record 303 carries last year in 15 games, Taylor will re-assume his role as starter until A.P. comes back.

Childress said Taylor handled his initial demotion well.

"He handled it like a man. There is nobody more competitive than Chester is and it's a quiet kind of fiery competiveness," Childress said. "Did he like it? No. Did he accept it? Yeah, and I have to give credit to Eric Bieniemy in that area. He has come to work every day and he has been still a great resource for Adrian. Like I have mentioned to you guys before, they have great chemistry in that room. They all hold each other accountable, they are tough on each other, but he has done an outstanding job and he will raise his level of play another notch here as a starter."

For now, the Vikings are merely saying that Peterson will miss this Sunday's game with the Raiders. But, don't be too stunned to see the team wait until every doctor at their disposal signs off, which means Taylor could be the starter for the next two or three games.

Ironically, Taylor has now been the backup during the league's top two single-game rushing performances. Lewis set the record with 295 yards for the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, Taylor's second season in the league. Peterson then broke the record on Nov. 4 with a 296-yard rushing performance.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • Brad Childress said Monday that Tarvaris Jackson will return to starting duty this week, just the latest chapter in a QB saga with several twists and turns.

  • Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is said to be leaning toward starting Daunte Culpepper, who will be making his return to the Metrodome for the first time since being traded by Childress.

  • There are 3,500 seats remaining as of Monday for the Raiders game, but there is more impetus for the local CBS affiliate to buy up tickets. Since there will be no second game following the Vikings-Raiders game, there will be a post-game show that will allow the station to sell advertising – all local – for an hour or more after the game.

  • The Vikings expect Antoine Winfield to return Sunday after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe on his analysis of the Vikings' passing game more than halfway through the season: "We've got to go in and start from square one. That's what we need to do. We need to go back to the basics before we try to advance."

  • WR Robert Ferguson on what the players at his position group must do to help the Vikings' anemic passing offense: "Somebody out of our group has to step up and become a playmaker. Every team has one. We need somebody consistently to make plays and somebody consistently for the quarterback to go to when he's in trouble. Hopefully, we'll figure that out soon."

  • S Darren Sharper on the Vikings' 34-0 loss to Green Bay on Sunday: "It was embarrassing. That's the word. Frustrating, embarrassing. They are a good team, but they are not 34 points better than we are."

  • RT Ryan Cook continues to have soreness from a shoulder sprain but has been able to play the past two games.

  • WR Sidney Rice missed Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury, and it's not certain if he will be able to return against Oakland.

  • CB Antoine Winfield sat out a second consecutive game Sunday because of a hamstring strain but is expected back against Oakland.

  • DE Brian Robison suffered an elbow strain against the Packers and is expected to be fitted with a brace.


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