VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/29

RB Chester Taylor (photo:  Kevin Brown)

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Vikings might get three starters back this week

Kelly Holcomb will start Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.  Running back Chester Taylor (oblique) will also join him in the starting lineup, according to head coach Brad Childress.  Wide receiver Troy Williamson (hamstring) is also expected back, although he may not technically start depending on the formation the team opens with on Sunday.

Veteran fullback Tony Richardson made it through all of practice this week and also hopes to play this week after missing two games because of a bruised forearm.

The return of Taylor does not mean that rookie Adrian Peterson will ride the bench.  He will still very likely have a prominent role in the offense.  Peterson should be able to remain fresh throughout the game with Taylor back in the fold.

It will likely be Mewelde Moore who sees his reps with the offense diminished a bit this week.

At quarterback, the Vikings hope Tarvaris Jackson is ready to return after their bye week against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 14.  Jackson will have had three weeks off after suffering a groin injury late in the Week 2 game at Detroit.

Richardson would also be a welcome addition in the backfield due to his overall experience and his ability as a lead blocker and pass receiver out of the backfield.

Safety Dwight Smith (hamstring) is also listed as probable for this week’s game.

Extra Points

Pagac to be honorary captain for Buckeyes

Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac will be the honorary captain for Ohio State this Saturday as they face the Gophers.  Pagac played for the Buckeyes from 1971-73 and was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1978-2000.

Ex-Vike Marinaro among top athletes-turned-entertainers

It’s not uncommon for good-looking pro athletes to parlay their fame into a professional acting career, and former Vikings running back Ed Marinaro has certainly done that.

Marinaro has starred on numerous hit television shows over the years, including “Laverne & Shirley,” “Hill Street Blues,” Falcon Crest,” “Dynasty” and more recently “Monk.”

Marinaro, who played for the Vikings from 1972-75, made this top ten list of ex-athletes-turned-entertainers.  He has over 50 acting credits on the tube, beginning in the late 1970s, almost immediately following his pro football career.

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>Holcomb gets another start as Jackson sits out
>Holcomb, Taylor back in starting lineup
>O-line is “OK” but isn’t satisfied
>Plan in place for Favre’s record pass
>Morency gets green light, Wells status up in air for Packers
>Morency to play, Jackson may sit for Packers
>Foreman to be inducted into Ring of Honor
>Ex-Vike Culpepper returns to Miami as starter with Raiders

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