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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Injury report

Running back Chester Taylor (bruised oblique) practiced on a limited basis and coach Brad Childress indicated that the team would err on the side of caution when it comes to a decision on whether its starting running back plays Sunday at Detroit.

"I don't think you can put a guy out there at that high-impact position that can't weather the storm," Childress said. "We would do ourselves a disservice if, for instance, he got in and carried the ball for two plays and all of a sudden he's sitting on the sideline."

Childress added that if Taylor can play and contribute, he will, noting that there is still a lot of time before game day.

The Vikings also are proceeding cautiously with defensive end Erasmus James, who is still working his way back from knee surgery and was inactive for last week's game against Atlanta.

"I think this thing is a matter of time (and) ramping it up to where he was at when he left," Childress said. "We've said what we've said about when he comes back, he's the starter. But you have to be playing at the level that those guys are playing at right now."

Here's the rest of the injury report:

Safety Mike Doss (calf) and fullback Tony Richardson (forearm): limited participation.

Fullback Naufahu Tahi (ankle), linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (hand) and wide receiver Robert Ferguson (ankle): full participation.


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