"I'm still optimistic," said coach Marc Trestman. "I feel pretty good that he'll start getting some work [Thursday]. We'll see where he's at, but I'm optimistic about that."
|Matt Forte ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing with 851 yards and 7 TDs on 191 carries.|
If Forte can't play Sunday, he would be replaced by
"I don't think that's going to happen, but I can say that we'd have the two Michaels up and they would be working together in tandem at the running back position," Trestman said. "Michael [Ford] would be up for the game special teams-wise as he has been the last few weeks."
"Jeremiah has been a starter in this league and has been a highly effective player in this league," Trestman said. "We don't really know where he's at right now. But we're feeling good in some of the things we're seeing. We feel like he can make a difference for us. He's certainly fitting in with our locker room well.
"And Stephen we know has been a starter here and has had this lingering issue with his toe. He got some work today and we'll know a little bit more as we proceed during the week."
For the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson (groin), cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (concussion) and Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) and receiver Joe Webb (concussion) did not practice, while defensive tackle Kevin Williams (quadriceps) was limited.