Bennett returns to action for Vikings

Updated: November 3, 2003, 8:41 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie's sprained left ankle will probably keep him out of this Sunday's game at San Diego.

McKinnie sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Vikings' game Sunday night against Green Bay. He reaggravated it before halftime and didn't return.

"Certainly he's listed at best questionable," coach Mike Tice said Monday. "It doesn't look good."

Veteran Everett Lindsay filled in for McKinnie against the Packers and will do so against the Chargers if McKinnie can't play.


^ON THE ROAD AGAIN:@ The Vikings will embark on their first road trip in five weeks when they travel to San Diego, thanks to three straight home games that followed their bye. After two consecutive losses at the Metrodome, the road might be the right tonic.

"The best thing for us right now is to go on the road because we're a family," defensive tackle Chris Hovan said.

The trip might also put a two-game losing streak in perspective, too, since the San Diego area is still reeling from wildfires that ravaged much of Southern California.

"They're a lot worse off than we certainly are," Tice said. "We hope all those people are recovering from the bad situation they have there."

The Chargers' game against Miami was moved to Tempe, Ariz., two weeks ago because of the fires. The Vikings expect to be playing at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, however.


^MOSS CONTROL:@ Randy Moss caught a touchdown pass and had 87 yards receiving on Sunday, but Green Bay was able to contain him for most of the game -- just like the Giants did in the second half on Oct. 26, when Moss had only two receptions for four yards.

The Packers played a lot of two-deep zone and had two or three defenders near Moss most of the time.

"We played a little bit of a guessing match sometimes to try to see if we could catch them with a three-deep safety, but they didn't play a whole lot of it," Tice said. "We tried to take what was there."

D'Wayne Bates played about 15 snaps Sunday and should be close to normal this week, which allows him to slide back into the No. 2 receiver spot and keep rookie Nate Burleson as the No. 3 with speedster Kelly Campbell as the No. 4. Tight end Jim Kleinsasser, bothered by a sore foot for much of the season, will likely also have more a role in the passing game in the second half.

"When you're triple-teaming a wideout, something's got to give," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "The something is what we've got to figure out as coaches."


^EXTRA POINTS:@ The Vikings have been 6-2 or better at the midpoint of their season six times in the last 20 years, Tice said. ... RB Onterrio Smith will continue as the kickoff returner this week. ... RB Michael Bennett will speak to students at Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley Tuesday about the importance of voting.

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