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MOSS HAS SLIGHT TEAR IN HAMSTRING

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss had an MRI Thursday on his ailing right hamstring, his first such exam since he was injured last month.

Moss has a slight tear in the hamstring, which likely will keep him below full speed for three to four more weeks. He has appeared briefly in the last two games -- though he hasn't caught a pass.

Moss is listed as questionable for Monday night's game at Indianapolis, and coach Mike Tice said he won't announce his decision until right before kickoff.

Linebacker Raonall Smith will miss the game due to lingering effects from a concussion.

Smith, who has started three of the Vikings' last four games in place of the injured Chris Claiborne, was hurt on the opening kickoff of last week's loss to the New York Giants. He had a mild concussion Oct. 24 against Tennessee.

Rookie Dontarrious Thomas, who has split time between middle and outside linebacker this season, will start Monday night. Claiborne will miss at least another week with a strained calf.

Meanwhile, running back Mewelde Moore might miss the game with a sprained left ankle.

That would make the starter either Michael Bennett or Onterrio Smith, who is just back from a four-game suspension. Moore leads the team with 64 carries for 376 yards.

Davis practices again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Running back Stephen Davis practiced for the second consecutive day Thursday, leaving Carolina hopeful he can play this weekend.

Davis, who has missed five of Carolina's seven games this year with a knee injury, didn't make any promises about Sunday's game against Oakland.

"I don't want to bad-luck it, you know what I'm saying? Right now I'm a lot better than I was last week," Davis said.

Davis had arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage following Carolina's season-opening loss to Green Bay. He missed the next three games, but tried to come back against Philadelphia in Week Five. He rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries, but developed swelling after the game that forced him to sit out the last two weeks.

Around the league

Jerry Rice's sprained right ankle healed enough for him to practice, but the Seattle Seahawks receiver is questionable for Sunday's game at San Francisco.

Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye missed practice because of an ankle injury and wasn't sure if he would play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Starting linebacker Darryl Smith has a partially torn ligament in his left knee and could miss the Jacksonville Jaguars' Nov. 14 game against Detroit. Running back Fred Taylor (hip pointer), meanwhile, should be ready to play.

Cornerback Fred Smoot said that he's enthused by the progress of negotiations with the Washington Redskins on a contract extension and hopes to play his entire career with the team. Smoot is eligible for free agency after this season.

Sheldon Brown signed a six-year extension with Philadelphia, keeping the second-year cornerback with the Eagles through the 2012 season.

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