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    Childress voices concerns about his kick-return corps

    Vikings' Childress voices concerns about his kick-return corps
    BY MARCUS R. FULLER
    ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

    ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Vikings hope running back Mewelde Moore can field punts to start the season, but they're not as confident in wide receiver Troy Williamson as a kick returner.

    "In a perfect world, I would say that a guy like Mewelde, provided that he has a good week of practice, would be back there sitting underneath punts," Childress said. "(Williamson) did a good job of pushing it back in there. But there are a couple of other candidates that remain to be seen right now."

    Moore, who missed the past three exhibition games with a knee injury, has just one punt return for 11 yards this preseason. But if last season is any measure, a healthy Moore should have no problem being ready.

    Moore didn't return any punts last preseason, but he led the Vikings during the regular season, scoring one touchdown on 21 returns and averaging 11.7 yards, the team's highest average in six seasons.

    Williamson had only two kickoff returns during the preseason last year, but he became an adequate backup to Pro Bowler Koren Robinson as a rookie.

    Williamson's speed made him the top candidate to replace Robinson this year, but he fumbled his first kickoff in the exhibition opener against Oakland. He finished with just two returns for 35 yards in four exhibition games, but Childress believes he can at least rely on Williamson to hold on to the ball.

    "He has made progress from the standpoint that the ball is at the 50-yard line, not at the 20, and it's not on the ground, it's in his hands," Childress said. "That's the biggest progress."

    There's a possibility the Vikings could address their need for a kick returner before the season opener Monday night at Washington. They have another option besides Williamson, with cornerback Ronyell Whitaker, who had a 16-yard return last week against Dallas.

    VIKINGS NOTES

    • Facing a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Robinson visited with the Green Bay Packers over the weekend, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The Packers are unlikely to sign Robinson until after Sunday's season opener against the Chicago Bears. If he signs before then, the Packers would have to guarantee him his base salary, a minimum of $585,000, for the entire season. If they wait until after the game, the Packers could cut Robinson at any point and owe him only for the weeks he is on their roster.

    • The Vikings announced that former offensive guard Randall McDaniel will be inducted into their Ring of Honor during halftime of their game against the New York Jets on Dec. 17. McDaniel played for the Vikings from 1988-99, and he was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times during that stretch, the most ever for a Viking. He also was a Pro Bowl selection in 2000 for Tampa Bay. McDaniel retired in 2001.

    • A day after signing former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Steve Edwards, the Vikings released him to make room for linebacker Marquis Cooper. Cooper, a special-teams player for Tampa Bay last season, has 27 career tackles. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round out of Washington in 2004.

    • Minnesota added defensive end Jayme Mitchell to the practice squad after placing him on waivers Monday.

    • The season-ending injury to Dovonte Edwards, who broke his arm against Dallas on Friday, left the Vikings without a leading candidate for nickel cornerback. Minnesota claimed veteran defensive back Rashad Baker on Sunday, but Childress said the team still hasn't decided where it will go with the position. "We are rolling some different people through there," he said. "Cedric (Griffin) will probably stay outside, but there are some different combinations that we can use in there, and I think we'll solidify that as we go through the week."


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