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Sheppard gets tough initiation in defense

Lito Sheppard will receive a strong test on Thursday. Not only is he expected to start at cornerback against a multi-receiver offense like the Saints, it's Sheppard's first experience with the Vikings' Cover-2 defensive style. Sheppard talked about the challenges ahead.

If one was armed with the knowledge that an opponent was going to enter a game with only three healthy cornerbacks, even then only a handful of quarterbacks would have the experience, skill and personnel to attack such a lack of depth. Fortunately for the Vikings, Brett Favre is one of those fingers on the proverbial hand. Unfortunately for the Vikings, so is Drew Brees. As the Vikings...

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