McKinnie improving, will be a game-time decision for Sunday

Updated: November 7, 2003, 2:09 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie went through practice Friday on his sprained left ankle without any problems, and he'll be a game-time decision Sunday in San Diego.

McKinnie, listed as questionable, will suit up against the Chargers, coach Mike Tice said. The Vikings will re-evaluate his ankle after their flight to the West Coast and again before the game before determining whether he'll start. If he can't, veteran Everett Lindsay will take his place in the lineup.

McKinnie, a second-year player who was taken by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2002 draft, was hurt in last Sunday's game against Green Bay. His status was in doubt on Monday, but he made steady progress during the week.

Minnesota added wide receiver D'Wayne Bates to the injury report Friday. Bates is listed as probable with a hamstring strain, but Tice said he looked fine in Friday's practice.

Also, the Vikings practiced on the artificial turf inside their practice facility for the final time on Friday. A new synthetic grass surface, the same one set to be installed at the Metrodome next year, will be put in over the next week at Winter Park.

Warmer weather is expected, so the Vikings are planning to practice outside. If they can't, Tice said the team will work out at the Metrodome on Wednesday, at the University of Minnesota on Thursday and Friday and hold a meeting instead of a walk-through on Saturday.

The Vikings play at Oakland on Nov. 16.

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