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Moss Officially Doubtful Vs. Detroit

November 17, 2004

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ Randy Moss is doubtful for Minnesota’s home game against Detroit on Sunday because of his strained right hamstring.

Moss has missed the last two games, and he was without a reception in the two games before that. The Vikings have lost three straight to drop to 5-4 and need the All-Pro receiver back on the field.

He looked good in a 20-minute workout Wednesday morning, Vikings coach Mike Tice said, and remains on track to return for the Nov. 28 game against Jacksonville.

``I think he’s doing a good job of rehabbing,″ Tice said. ``I think the training staff has done an excellent job of getting him back this quickly. We’re right on it.″

When pressed, Tice stopped short of saying Moss wouldn’t play at all against the Lions.

``You can read into that any way you want,″ Tice said. ``Maybe they’ll get ready to play against him, and maybe they won’t.″

Raonall Smith, who was making great strides in his third season and started three games last month at weakside linebacker, will miss his third consecutive game with lingering effects from a concussion. He was doing better Tuesday before waking up with a headache Wednesday. Smith will visit a specialist in Pittsburgh on Monday.

``Hopefully, at that point, he’ll be cleared,″ Tice said.

Running back Mewelde Moore remains questionable with a sprained ankle. Center Matt Birk, who missed most of training camp with a sports hernia, is listed as probable with an abdominal injury.

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