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Depth tester: Bennett out for season opener

Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Running back Michael Bennett will miss the team's regular season opener Sept. 12 against Dallas with a right knee sprain.

Bennett, injured in the third quarter of Friday's exhibition win on a low hit by 49ers safety Erik Totten, underwent an MRI exam Saturday that revealed more damage than originally diagnosed.

Coach Mike Tice initially said that Bennett would be "a little iffy" for the Dallas game, but on Monday declared his starting back out for the opener. Tice said he is hoping to get him back for the second game, in Philadelphia.

Short-yardage specialist Moe Williams will start the opener. Rookie Mewelde Moore and Larry Ned also will see action.

The Vikings' depth in the backfield was considered a strength entering the season. But with Bennett sidelined, the team will be without its best two backs in the opener.

Onterrio Smith, Bennett's top backup, is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Bennett has played in all 16 games just once in his four-year career.

Foot and ankle injuries limited the 5-foot-9, 209-pound back to just eight games last season. He finished with 90 carries for 447 yards and one touchdown, a significant dropoff from his numbers in 2002, when he made his first Pro Bowl.

Bennett also missed three games in 2001 with a sprained ankle.

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Originally posted by Oldskool

With both Bennett and Smith out for the opener, im glad I got Moe Williams in the late rounds of my FFL draft.

Oldschool, I'm with you on that. I too got Moe Williams in the 7th round of my fantasy draft. With Bennett out for possibly three weeks and smith out 4 weeks, Moe is going to be a TD machine and get some good yardage too!

I expect atleast 70 yards and 1-2 TD's a game! And that's great for a guy you get in the 7th round!!!:D

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Originally posted by NoCalMike

and early prediction are still showing a Vikings slaughter of the Cowboys..

With the weak ass secondary the cowboys have, plus the new pass interference rules, I see the Vikings putting up 30 + points.

And plenty of picks thrown by Vinny too. It won't be pretty what the Vikes do to the Cowboys.

Also, Moss always puts up monster numbers against the Cowboys because the Cowboys passed him up in the draft.

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