Most key Vikings expected to play

The Vikings will have most of the starters that were on this week's injury report available, as expected.

Most of the key players on the Vikings' injury report all week are expected to play on Monday night.

QB Brett Favre (foot), CB Cedric Griffin (hand), LB E.J. Henderson (shoulder), TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand) and P Chris Kluwe (ill) all missed some practice time this week, but all are listed as probable on Saturday's injury report.

However, guard Steve Hutchinson (back) and FB Naufahu Tahi (back) are questionable.

"Hutch and Fahu (Naufahu Tahi) are still questionable because I always like to see how they come back," head coach Brad Childress said after Saturday's practice.

WR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) and LB Erin Henderson (calf) are doubtful.

For the Packers, starting left tackle Chad Clifton is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and didn't participate in practice all week, and the Green Bay Press-Gazette has reported that he won't play. S Atari Bigby (knee), RB Brandon Jackson (ankle) and LB Jeremy Thompson (knee) are out.

DE Cullen Jenkins (groin), WR Greg Jennings (wrist) DE Johnny Jolly (abdomen), NT B.J. Raji (ankle) and CB Charles Woodson (foot) are all probable, meaning it's a "virtual certainty" they will play.


The NFL Players Association announced Friday that it has formed a committee to address concussion issues among players. The committee, called the NFLPA Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, will address such topics as diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions among active players, as well as the long-term cumulative effects of repeated traumatic brain injuries.

The committee will be chaired by Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey and NFLPA medical director Thomas Mayer. The committee will be made up active players, former players, researchers and doctors.

"The health, safety and welfare of our players is never just an issue of collective bargaining," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith Friday from his office in New York. "While we have already raised this issue in the CBA negotiations and Dr. Mayer participated in the first meeting, this committee and the work we do around the health and safety of our players will extend much further. The creation of this committee was designed to bring both independence and expertise to the ongoing analysis of serious head injuries so we can better protect out players."

A study commissioned by the NFL has found that retired players have a higher than normal rate of Alzheimer's Disease and other memory problems.


  • The NFL fine police were out in force Friday, handing out fines for improper hits. Among those fined was 49ers defensive end Justin Smith, who was hit with a $5,000 fine for a hit to Brett Favre's knees last Sunday.

  • Former Viking Darren Sharper was also slapped with a $5,000 fine. Sharper, who now plays for the Saints, was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. Sharper said it's the first time in 13 years as a pro that he's been fined for a hit on another player.

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