Assuming Terrell Owens is in uniform tonight — and given his love for drama the bet here is that he is — the Vikings’ appearance at Texas Stadium for their exhibition finale will be about as secondary as it gets.
Not that Brad Childress is going to care. While most eyes will be on Owens and his hamstring, Childress has plenty to worry about. Is the running game starting to come together? How does the right side of the offensive line look? Can the first-team defense put together another impressive performance?
Childress will get one final game, one half really, to get a good feel for how his first-teamers look in game conditions. After that, he will have a chance to give some players on the bubble a final opportunity. The cutdown to the 53-man roster comes Saturday.
One guy who should be safe is receiver Jason Carter. This guy has done everything asked of him in camp and more. Besides, the Vikings receiving corps isn’t strong enough to make a mistake when it comes to roster moves. It’s looking more and more like the franchise will be regretting the decision to ship rookie free agent Hank Baskett to Philadelphia for Billy McMullen.