Minnesota Vikings star Randy Moss will miss a game for the first time in his NFL career, sitting out Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts with a strained right hamstring.
If Moss travels with the team to Indianapolis, he'll sit upstairs in the coaches' booth, Vikings coach Mike Tice said Saturday.
Moss was downgraded to doubtful on the injury report; his hamstring improved this week, but he has not practiced. The wide receiver was hurt shortly before halftime of the Vikings' game at New Orleans on Oct. 17, and has played just 11 snaps since then -- with zero catches. He has 26 receptions for 394 yards and eight touchdowns this season for the Vikings (5-2), who don't want to risk further harm to their prized wideout -- even though he has a history of outstanding performances in prime-time games throughout his seven-year career.
"We've been a little blessed and lucky to this point he hasn't taken a step backwards," Tice said. "At a certain point, you're not going to maintain that luck. So we have to be very smart."
Moss was bothered by a sore foot at the end of last season.
Around the league
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Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick is out for the year after injuring his left shin in the season opener. Warrick was hurt against the New York Jets but finished the game and played the following week against Miami. He was then used in just a few plays against Baltimore and Denver.