Onterrio Smith was handed his suspension today... 4 games starting this week, Michael Bennett has recently re-injured his knee and according to the Vikings he will be out another 2 weeks, so that leaves Moe Williams as the only back for the next couple of weeks....pick him up if he's available right now
Im actually picking up MMoore - not Moe. Reports out of MIN have said Moe is injured too and that Moore will more than likely see the majority of touches unless Moe comes back quicker than expected - even then it will be a RBBC with Moore so that Mow doesnt reinjure himself.
SEAN JENSEN, Pioneer Press wrote:As if that's not enough, Vikings coach Mike Tice lamented that veteran Moe Williams strained his left calf Thursday, the same injury that sidelined him during the preseason.
"So we had a tremendous day as far as our running back situation is concerned," Tice said. "But good news is on the horizon; Herschel Walker is going to come out of retirement and start for us this week."
That joke bolstered Tice's attitude toward these setbacks. He's emphasized the quality of the Vikings depth, and he's highlighted running back as one of the team's deepest positions. And despite all the injuries, Tice added that he's still comfortable with the team's depth because the coaches still debate which players will be inactive every Sunday, something that didn't happen in recent years even when the Vikings were far healthier.
Rookie Mewelde Moore took the bulks of the snaps with the starting offense Monday, even though Smith practiced, and Larry Ned is expected to play, too.
"You have to plan like he's not going to be there," Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Smith, "instead of 'We hope, we hope.' "
Besides, the Vikings aren't optimistic that Smith will be available Sunday. Williams, though, is another story. Although he'll be listed as questionable, Williams is confident he'll play against the Texans.
"It's mind over matter," he said. "I don't mind playing hurt, so it don't matter."
If healthy, Williams likely would start before giving way to Moore, who will get most of the playing time. The Vikings, however, are hopeful Williams can handle third-down passing situations. The Vikings are also contemplating whether to elevate Butchie Wallace from the practice squad.
"This is a great opportunity for young guys," Linehan said of Ned and Moore. "Never underestimate when a guy gets a shot because they usually give it their best."
This is a situation to watch closely because Moe Williams' injury is not that severe. He was quoted in the Star Tribune saying that he would play this weekend. Tice wasn't as confident. Grab them both if you can afford to.
I'm expecting Williams to get more carries, although I do think he'll share with Moore. Williams has a nose for the endzone and if he hadn't been injured this year he would have been the gl back. Even if Moore gets more carries, I expect to see Williams make a strong push to maintain that role and I'm betting on a TD from him to back that up.
bucswinitall wrote:I'm expecting Williams to get more carries, although I do think he'll share with Moore. Williams has a nose for the endzone and if he hadn't been injured this year he would have been the gl back. Even if Moore gets more carries, I expect to see Williams make a strong push to maintain that role and I'm betting on a TD from him to back that up.
See, I completely disagree with this. I really dont think Moe Williams is really that great of a RB at all. I think he has been the rescipient of great situations in MIN the last 2 yrs where he stepped up from his career bench position to fill a need near the goalline.
Im sorry Im so negative on him, but I think its more of a reaction to people actually thinking he was a good RB and had big fantasy value heading into the season. I remember reading an interview with Moe last yr where he basically said how grateful he was that this opportunity presented itself, how honored he was to get so many carries last yr, but he also said he knew his role and realized he would be relegated back to the bench when the real RBs got back from injury but that he will do his best until then. Of course that was a summary and Im not going to go back and link the article, but the point is the same - Moe Williams is a career backup and special teams player. Period.