Brett Favre (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)
Brett Favre is expected to play Sunday, but he is still being listed as questionable because of a throwing elbow with tendinitis. Also, get more of the injury report, Sidney Rice returning to the sidelines at practice and catching passes, a union vote expected and more.
Vikings coaches say Brett Favre could be a game-time decision, but he has been steadily increasing his workload as the week of practice for the Dallas Cowboys has progressed.
“He looked OK. He looked alright,” Childress said Friday after practice.
Favre is officially questionable on the injury report for the first time this year. He has been dealing with tendinitis in his throwing elbow, and has also been dealing with the leftover effects of ankle surgery in May.
Asked about Favre’s velocity and accuracy on Friday, Childress said, “He had both at times. Some yes, some no.”
Favre is one of three Vikings listed as questionable, joining C John Sullivan (ankle) and CB Chris Cook (knee). Favre, Sullivan, Cook and S Jamarca Sanford (back) were all limited at Friday’s practice.
Backup offensive lineman Chris DeGeare is out with an ankle injury.
Sanford, DE Brian Robison (ankle), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and S Madieu Williams (shoulder) are all probable, meaning they are a virtual certainty to play. Sanford was the only one of that group that wasn’t a full participant in Friday’s practice.
For the Cowboys, WR Dez Bryant (ribs/ankle) is questionable and didn’t participate all week.
S Alan Ball (shoulder), TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), FB Chris Gronkowski (groin), C Andre Gurode (knee) LB Bradie James (knee) and DE Igor Olshanksy (knee) are all probable. Of that group, only Gurode was limited in Friday’s practice.
RICE RETURNS … TO THE SIDELINES
Wide receiver Sidney Rice was on the sidelines of Vikings practice Friday throwing and catching passes. He was jogging lightly at one point while catching passes.
After having hip surgery on Aug. 23, Rice was able to ditch the crutches earlier this week and looking forward to doing more football movements by the end of the week. While he isn’t eligible to start practicing until next week – and that still seems like an overly optimistic timeline – the fact that he was moving around well is an encouraging sign for him.
“He’s on two legs now, which is progress for this week,” Childress said. “We have, as opposed to a hard schedule, kind of a soft schedule. It all depends on how he responds. I don’t think he’s still going to be running for a couple weeks.”
NOT EASY BEING 1-3
Brad Childress isn’t feeling the heat on his job just yet, mostly because the Vikings made it to the NFC Championship Game last year. There is a different temperature in Dallas these days. The Vikings beat Dallas in the divisional playoffs and now Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is feeling the heat, like he does every year.
“It’s par for the course anywhere. We’re bad coaches now and we’re bad players, but we’ve only played four games. We’ll see how it ends out,” Phillips said. “That’s the most important thing, is how the season ends and how you finish. People react everywhere. I’m sure it’s up (in Minnesota) too. If you’re expected to win, and you don’t win then everybody has got all of these excuses and reasons and blame this and blame that. The realization is we’ve both got good teams and I think we’ll both bounce back.”
Despite both teams being 1-3, the 3:15 p.m. Central game on Sunday is drawing FOX’s top announcing crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Aikman was in town Friday and interviewing Hall of Fame Vikings coach Bud Grant.
Vikings DE Jared Allen has what he calls a small part in Jackass 3D, the movie that just opened in theaters this week. “My skills are put to use,” Allen said.
The Vikings are expected to hold their team vote to decertify the NFLPA as a union on Monday. That tactic is being used by the NFLPA to avoid a potential lockout by the owners. The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players union is set to expire in March.
The Vikings weren’t the only team to fail to get the New York Jets to turn the ball over.
The Jets have only one turnover in their first five games. If they make it through six games with only one turnover, they will become the first team in history with that few turnovers. They haven’t turned the ball over since Week 1.
Favre now has seven interceptions through four games, the same number he had all last year.
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