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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Taylor injury, etc.

Running back Chester Taylor's bruised right forearm isn't serious, but it could keep him out of Friday and Saturday's home-and-home combined practices with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm not really concerned about whether he's back for Friday or not," coach Brad Childress said, jokingly adding, "He did want me to tell you guys that we're not thinking about amputating it."

Taylor, who missed today's morning practice, said he was afraid he was seriously hurt initially and was relieved that it turned out to be just a bruise.

"When I first did it, I thought it was pretty bad," Taylor said. "But right now, I feel a lot better."

Linebacker Ben Leber also missed practice after aggravating a strained leg muscle and rookie wide receiver Aundrae Allison left early after feeling a tug in his hamstring.

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie practiced for the first time after spending the first five days on the non-football injury list, with fill-in starter Artis Hicks returning to right guard.

Hicks said he gave McKinnie a welcome-back hug.

Childress said quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger both rebounded well from Tuesday's practice and did a nice job during a red-zone passing drill.

Childress added that the Vikings might not show as much of their offense and defense as usual in the Chiefs practices since the teams have a Week 3 regular-season date in Kansas City.

"It'll be fairly generic," Childress said.


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