Vikings issue injury report

September 3rd, 2008 – 4:35 PM by Judd Zulgad

The Vikings did not practice today but still had to issue their first injury report for Monday night’s game at Green Bay. The four players on the report were quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (knee); running back Maurice Hicks (foot); wide receiver Robert Ferguson (ankle); and safety Madieu Williams (neck).

Jackson, who missed the final two preseason games after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, has said he definitely will play Monday. Hicks did not practice Tuesday and coach Brad Childress declined to say why at the time. You have to wonder if a foot problem will keep Hicks from returning kicks against the Packers. That job most likely will go to receiver Aundrae Allison if Hicks isn’t available.

Ferguson was hurt in the third preseason game. Media was allowed to watch through a portion of the individual drills in Tuesday’s practice and at that time Ferguson was on the field.

Williams, meanwhile, is expected to miss the first three games of the season because of his neck injury. He will be replaced by rookie Tyrell Johnson.

Remember, the expected status for players (out, doubtful, questionable, probable) will not be listed until the final injury report.

The Packers also did not practice Tuesday. Here is Green Bay’s injury report: S Atari Bigby (ankle); T Chad Clifton (knees/chest); DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee); RB Ryan Grant (hamstring); LB A.J. Hawk (chest); WR James Jones (knee); S Charlie Peprah (hamstring); G Josh Sitton (knee); DE Jeremy Thompson (groin); C Scott Wells (back); LB Tracy White (ankle).


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