Vikings' injuries getting better

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings; coach Mike Tice said left cornerback Denard Walker is recovered from a hamstring injury and right cornerback Brian Williams has recovered from a concussion.

The two will start in the season opener Sunday at Green Bay. Ken Irvin likely will play at Green Bay but is still recovering from a dislocated big toe. Williams will likely remain the starter when Irvin is healthy but will play nickel back when Irvin is on the field.

Running back Doug Chapman is making progress from an ankle injury and might be able to get some carries against the Packers.

CHAMBERLAIN OUT: Tight end Byron Chamberlain can't return to Winter Park until Sept. 29 because of a four-game suspension for testing positive for banned substances. Chamberlain packed his belongings Saturday. He said he took a diet supplement accidentally.


He plans to work out at his home in Los Angeles and might spend time at a strength camp in Arizona he attended in the offseason.

"I just have to make sure I come back in good shape," he said. "It is going to be hard to be gone, but the NFL has rules and I have to live with it."

DAYNE STAYS IN NY: The Giants plan to keep Ron Dayne. The Vikings were planning to make a run for the bruising backup running back from Wisconsin. Miami is shopping Robert Edwards and Green Bay is shopping Lamar Smith, but the Vikings say they aren't interested in either.

Tice said even if an established kicker such as the Colts' Mike Vanderjagt is released, he is sticking with first-year player Aaron Elling.

With special teams standout Jack Brewer out for four to six weeks with a chest injury, starting safeties Corey Chavous and Brian Russell might play on coverage units.

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