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Postby portisfan24 » Sat Aug 28, 2004 7:10 pm

theres no way I am wasting a roster spot on handcuffing my number 3 back. theres no point. he will be gone for at most the first two weeks of the seaosn. those arent even bye weeks. a waste if you ask me
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Postby madmike » Sat Aug 28, 2004 7:13 pm

Crap...with O Smith out for 4 weeks that was his time to shine.
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Postby Payne Dailey » Sat Aug 28, 2004 7:17 pm

I am if it means a Givens/Branch type of player in a deep league.
If I have a RB corp of Green, Barlow/Davis,I'm not going to but if it's Padre/LT, Bennett, Jones/Suggs/Dunn type of backfield I think I'll hedge my bet.
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Postby cooleyhigh » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:04 pm

What a shocker ;-) He now officially joins the ranks of broke beeaatch. Move over Faulk, make room for something younger.

Between Tice and his injuries I will avoid him like the plague :-t
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Postby Slingblade » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:51 pm

Full Article:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=a ... &type=lgns

Clipped from the AP / yahoo sports article:

Vikings running back Michael Bennett will miss one to three weeks after
spraining his right knee in Friday's exhibition win over San Francisco.

Bennett, injured in the third quarter on a low hit by 49ers safety Erik
Totten, underwent an MRI exam Saturday that revealed more damage than
originally diagnosed. He won't play in Thursday's preseason finale at
Seattle and is questionable for Minnesota's season opener Sept. 12

"He might be a little iffy for the opener," Vikings coach Mike Tice

Short-yardage specialist Moe Williams will start in Bennett's place
Thursday, and would start against Dallas if Bennett isn't ready. Rookie
Mewelde Moore and Larry Ned also will see action.

Onterrio Smith, Bennett's top backup, likely will miss the first four
games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse

Foot and ankle injures limited Bennett to just eight games last season.
finished with 90 carries for 447 yards and one touchdown, a significant
drop-off from his numbers in 2002, when he made his first Pro Bowl.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who also injured his right knee on the
play as Bennett, has a mild sprain. He will sit out Thursday as a
precaution, but should be ready for the regular season.

Adam Haayer will start at left tackle Thursday.

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We'll stay on this for you. Don't panic. RBs are always a focus and we
had Bennett
projected as our #11 RB with 1,219 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs with
352 receiving yards and 1 rushing TD. Moe Williams would be the guy to
benefit most if Bennett can't go with Onterrio Smith likely out.
Moore is also a guy to watch. Moore is a 4th round pick out of Tulane
year. He's 5' 10" and 205 and is a nice all around player. He's an
excellent receiver. We'll be watching this one closely for you. At this
point, there's no reason to believe it's anything more than an injury
has him "iffy" for week 1.
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Postby houstonherdfan » Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:02 pm

Payne Dailey wrote:
IRON CHEF wrote:Do you mean 1-3 weeks from now, or the first 3 weeks of the season?

First three weeks of the season. It's a crazy world, if I have Bennett and it's a deep league I'm picking up Williams. If I have the roster space and don't have great backups.

What I just read was 1-3 weeks from now prolly not going to play week 1 and iffy for week two
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.
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Postby citti34 » Sun Aug 29, 2004 10:08 am

Always hurt, c'mon, Bennet is killing me
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Postby Vanter » Sun Aug 29, 2004 12:38 pm

By Bo Mitchell and Court E. Mann
August 29, 2004 6:00 AM ET

After Michael Bennett walked off the field on his own power after suffering a right knee injury on Friday night, the Vikings' starting running back was confident that he would play in next week's preseason finale against the Seahawks. It followed then that we shouldn't be too worried about the regular season opener.

A re-evaluation of the knee on Saturday morning suggested he could miss one-to-three weeks with a minor sprain. It followed then that while Bennett might not be available for week one, we shouldn't be too worried about losing him for an extended period of time.

Not so fast.

Following test results taken in that examination on Saturday morning, he'll be lucky to play before the Vikings' bye week in the fourth week of the regular season. The MRI revealed a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that he is not only out for the season opener, he could miss up to a month.

Given that timeframe, the former track star is almost certainly out for the Vikings' September 20 matchup with the Eagles. With a bye week looming in week four, it certainly would not surprise us to see the Vikings keep Bennett out of the September 26 contest against the Bears to provide him with an additional two weeks of recuperation.

Bennett sustained the injury when he was hit low on an 11-yard run in the third quarter Friday. He managed to walk off, which was a good sign, but Saturday's MRI reportedly revealed more extensive damage than originally diagnosed.

The Vikings were thought to have one of the deepest, if not the deepest running back corps in the league. It's a good thing because they might need all of it.

Bennett's immediate backup of course is Onterrio Smith, who is currently appealing his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Assuming both Bennett and Smith are out in week one, the Vikings will likely turn to veteran Moe Williams to carry the load.

Tice had recently indicated that rookie Mewelde Moore would get most of the touches were Bennett to get injured while Smith served his suspension, but KFAN.com and the Tribune report Williams will in fact get the nod.

Most fantasy drafts and auctions are taking place in the next 10 days, and this development certainly impacts Bennett's value significantly, especially given all the time he missed with injuries last year. Remember, it wasn't just the stress fracture in his foot; he also had a sprained ankle late in the season. He's quickly earning a reputation for being injury-prone.

We had Bennett tabbed as a top-15 back before this injury. Despite his exceptional potential, he can no longer reside in the top-20, because in your standard 10-12-team league, it would be impossible to rely on him as your second running back. If you do draft Bennett, the question now becomes: whom do you draft along with him as insurance?

The answer is Williams, who suddenly takes a giant leap in our running back rankings. Not just because he will apparently start in place of him, but also because the Vikings have shown again this preseason that Williams will be used inside the 10-yard line. Moe scored from the one in their second preseason game against the Falcons.

Williams also shined last season in Bennett's absence, setting a career-high with 1,389 total yards from scrimmage and scoring eight touchdowns. With Bennett possibly out until October 10, he becomes a viable fantasy option early in the season.
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Postby terpfan » Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:08 pm

Payne Dailey wrote:
bgbootha wrote:it should be close between williams and musa smith. but only for the first couple weeks. then they both become worthless.

I'll take williams out of those two.

To answer the question, if it's a deep league I'd would pick up Williams for insurance.

In case anyone was wondering I think he meant Mewelde Moore. Moe definately has the better value out of these two, and I think he'd make a pretty decent #2 starter week one. He's always been productive when they give him the chance.
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Postby Flux » Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:28 pm

I dont know if I would want to start a hurt Bennett or an inexperienced Moore against that DAL defense :-o
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