EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As expected, the Minnesota Vikings will play another game this week without All-Pro receiver Randy Moss.
After making token appearances in the previous two games, Moss sat out Monday night's loss at Indianapolis with a strained right hamstring -- the
first absence of his seven-year career.
Since he got hurt in the second quarter of Minnesota's win at New Orleans on Oct. 17, Moss has not caught a pass after recording at least one
reception in each of his first 101 games.
That drought will continue on Sunday at Green Bay.
"Now that he's accepted the fact that he does have an injury, I think we'll better deal with it," coach Mike Tice said Wednesday. "He's in there
rehabbing and training right now."
Randy Moss gets over his denial. (Getty Images)
Randy Moss gets over his denial.(Getty Images)
Moss has a high threshold for pain and a history of fast healing -- and stubbornness. He finally consented last week to having an MRI exam, which
confirmed the initial diagnosis.
"It was tough to get him to admit that he couldn't play with the injury," Tice said, "and when he finally did. It's where it should be. He should get
Tice said Moss agreed to another diagnostic MRI before he's cleared to return the field, which will be either next week against Detroit or Nov. 28
"We want to make sure that he's healed up," Tice said.
Moss has not made himself available for comment since the injury. He has 26 receptions for 394 yards and eight touchdowns this year for the Vikings
(5-3), who face a critical game against the rival Packers (4-4) as the second half of the season begins and the NFC North race cranks up.
In the meantime, Marcus Robinson, Nate Burleson, Kelly Campbell and tight end Jermaine Wiggins will again carry the receiving load. Burleson returned
a punt 91 yards for a touchdown and caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Daunte Culpepper against the Colts.
"We don't have to search for a different personality," Culpepper said. "We just have to do what we do."