Line Injuries Leave Questions

Injury questions are dogging both sides of the ball for the Vikings, leaving starting spots in question.

Thursday's practice for the Vikings looked more like a MASH unit than a football practice, as questions surfaced on who will be starting on the line on both sides of the ball.

Chris Hovan and Kenny Mixon joined the walking wounded Thursday. Hovan had to leave practice while suffering back spasms and was added to the team's injury report and listed as questionable. In NFL terms, that means he has a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kenny Mixon had swelling in his ailing knee and was also taken out of practice Thursday. Mixon, however, is listed as probable to play Sunday.

These injuries come on top of questions on the offensive line, where Corbin Lacina is a big question mark and the team has to do some shuffling by moving Everett Lindsay to left tackle and Cory Withrow to left guard.

Coach Mike Tice said he hopes to get all of his injured players on the field Sunday, but at this point, he just isn't sure.

FRIDAY NOTES
* So far, the Vikings have received a roster exemption for Bryant McKinnie. That will end this weekend. If the Vikings intend to play McKinnie, they will have to dump someone from the 53-man roster today or Saturday.
* The Vikings and University of Minnesota have until Nov. 27 to finalize a memorandum of understanding to satisfy the State Legislature's requirement of such an agreement before the politicians will hear a plan for funding a shared stadium. If the agreement isn't made, the stadium bill will likely be shot down for the next session.
* In other dates on the calendar, the Vikings have a date of March 3, 2003, set for asking a judge to dismiss the Stringer family $100 million wrongful death lawsuit. If the judge believes there is enough evidence to go to trial, the trial would begin June 9 of next year.
* Tyrone Carter was fined $5,000 by the league for a hit out of bounds on Tampa's Aaron Stecker. Former 49er Gene Washington has been in charge of handing out fines and should understand the NFL is a violent game.

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