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Vikings Hopeful Carter Will Play

September 17, 1998

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings were optimistic Wednesday that Cris Carter’s ankle injury will heal sufficiently for him to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Carter still was limping and missed Wednesday’s practice, but he is getting treatment three times a day and has made significant progress since Monday, when the team feared he might have a broken bone in his right foot or ankle.

Carter was diagnosed with a strained tendon and remains questionable for Sunday’s game. He also has been bothered by a sore left calf since the second preseason game.

``I’m taking it day by day,″ he said.

Coach Dennis Green said Carter probably won’t practice until Friday at the earliest.

``I’m not sure which day he’ll go on the field and practice, but it feels a lot better,″ Green said. ``He feels good about it.″

Keeping Carter in the lineup would be important for an offense that already has lost quarterback Brad Johnson for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his lower right leg. Randall Cunningham will start in Johnson’s place.

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