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Gameday preview: Vikings at Tennessee

  • August 28, 2014 - 1:18 AM

PRESEASON:

VIKINGS VS. TENNESSEE Game 4: 7 p.m. today • LP FIELD • TV: Ch. 11 (100.3-FM, 1130-AM)

about the vikings (3-0)

The Vikings seek their seventh unbeaten preseason (1964, 1965, 1973, 1992, 1998, 2001). … Rookie Teddy Bridgewater is likely to start at QB, but third-stringer Christian Ponder should play at least a half. … Vikings secondary coach Jerry Gray was the Titans defensive coordinator the past three seasons. … Teams have to cut to 53 players (from 75) by 3 p.m. Saturday, then can add 10 practice squad players on Sunday. … Most Vikings starters will play sparingly or sit out. … Sitting out because of injuries are LBs Anthony Barr (ankle), Mike Mauti (foot), Gerald Hodges (knee) and Brandon Watts (leg); WR Rodney Smith (neck); DBs Jamarca Sanford (quad) and Jabari Price (arm/shoulder); NT Linval Joseph (calf); and OT Phil Loadholt (ankle).

 

about the titans (2-1)

Ken Whisenhunt takes over as Tennessee’s coach this season. … Starting QB Jake Locker likely won’t play, and the Titans probably will start third-stringer Zach Mettenberger, a sixth-rounder from LSU. If he doesn’t start, he will play a lot. Charlie Whitehurst is Locker’s backup, but has been sidelined because of an injured finger. … Tennessee took OT Taylor Lewan of Michigan 11th overall in the draft, but he’ll be a backup to starters Michael Roos and Michael Oher at the start of the season. … Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons are competing for the K job. … The Titans beat Atlanta 24-7 on Saturday. … RB Jackie Battle (neck) and DLs Antonio Johnson (knee), Mike Martin (hamstring) and Ropati Pitoitua (hand) are out.

chris miller

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