It was a pretty standard and nondescript Wednesday press conference with head coach Jim Mora. But then again, what can he say at this point? He was positive as always, but on some level the things that need to be discussed really can't or won't be discussed.
Here's some highlights ...
On the injury front, as expected running back Julius Jones is out for this week with a bruised lung.
"He's doing better," Mora said. "He was in meetings today. He said he's feeling good. but he won't be playing Sunday."
There is no timetable for Jones' return. But Mora hopes it will be next week.
One thing that Mora was asked will be if Jones could lose his starting job if Forsett has another monster game. One of the cliched rules in pro football is that a starter doesn't lose his job to injury. The Wally Pipp factor isn't an option. Mora kind of subscribes to it.
"What it might do is force us to adjust how we split the workload more, which we've tried to be conscious of when we go into any game," he said. "I've said it a couple of times, "if a guy gets hot, just let him run."
Apparently, just don't let him start.
On Monday, Mora mentioned that Forsett had similar qualities to running back Warrick Dunn. Eric wrote about it today and Mora was asked about it again. And he mentioned that the qualities are similar, but that Forsett hasn't done it with the consistency that Dunn did with Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
"Let's not just disqualify guy because of his physical attributes, let's give him a chance to play," Mora said.
With Forsett starting on Sunday, he will be removed from the kick-off return team and Ben Obomanu will fill in his place.
As for other injuries ... Mora said a few guys may miss or be limited in today's practice, but will still play on Sunday. One person who won't be limited is quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who will practice today.
"That's a good thing," Mora said.
Mora spent some time talking about Lawyer Milloy, who had played more than he has in the last few weeks, and said that could continue.
"We played more six defensive backs and even played seven defensive back pack packages," Mora said. "That's something we'll continue to do. And you might see him on some of the run downs as well. We want him to continue to have an impact."
That being said, Milloy still remains a back-up.
"He's dealt with it like a true pro," Mora said. "I was pretty clear with when he signed him that his role was come and be back-up safety, play special teams and be there if and when we need him in whatever role. He was fine with that, but that doesn't mean he wants to be in the line-up."
Mora absolutely gushed about the Vikings at times.
"When you watch them offensively, defensively, speical teams, you don't see holes," he said. "You see a team that is solid at every position. They're big, they're physical, they're fast, they're sound fundamentally. It will be a heck of a challenge for us."
On Brett Favre ...
I respect as much as anything the durability and the enthusiasm he plays the game with. You watch the games, you watch the tapes. And he'll throw little a check down and he's running down the field to throw a block for the back. And you're going, "this guy is 40, what's he doing?" But he's always played with that youthful enthusiasm. It's fun to watch a guy that enjoys plays playing the game as much as he enjoys playing the game.
On Adrian Peterson ...
Our ends are going to be very important in put up an edge in the run game. One of the great things that this runner does is cut the ball back. If you don't show him a solid edge. He gets the edge and he's got the speed to turn it up and go. "
On Jared Allen ...
All you have to do is watch that Green Bay. It's hard to sleep. I think the one thing that will help us out is that Lock got back last week and was able to get plays - 89 plays to be specific - so he's going to be better this week. Sean is an athletic guy, who moves his feet well, and is a good pass protector, but we're still going to have to give him help because Jared Allen is a special right end.