If Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Tice was playing mind games with the Green Bay Packers about the availability of Randy Moss, he ended them yesterday.
The Vikings officially downgraded the all-pro wide receiver from doubtful to out for Sunday's game at Green Bay, a day after Packers coaches and players expressed doubt that Moss would actually sit out the key NFC North matchup.
Moss, who hadn't missed a game in his seven-year career until Monday's 31-28 loss at Indianapolis, strained his right hamstring Oct. 17. He hobbled through 11 plays in two token starts before agreeing to undergo an MRI exam and begin rehabilitation last week.
The Vikings hope Moss will be close to full speed for their game on Nov. 28 against Jacksonville.
* JETS: Most New Yorkers want their city to host the 2012 Olympics but don't believe a $1.4 billion stadium that would be home to the New York Jets is needed to win the bid, according to a poll released.
Only 39 percent agreed with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's claim that the city must build a new stadium on the West Side to secure the Games, compared with 47 percent who disagreed.
However, 57 percent said they would back the project if the stadium were to generate enough revenue to pay off the $600 million in funding to be contributed by the city and state. Thirty-nine percent said they would still be opposed. Only 17 percent supported public funding for the stadium, while 77 percent were opposed.
* DOLPHINS: The future of Miami General Manager Rick Spielman might be less secure than he's suggested.
Team president Eddie Jones said the makeup of the front office will depend on who is hired by owner Wayne Huizenga in the wake of coach Dave Wannstedt's resignation on Tuesday.
Jones said the makeup of the front office, which includes the job of general manager, will hinge in part on who becomes coach.
"For example, if that person came in and said, 'Wayne, I'm tickled to death to have this job, but I don't need Eddie around anymore,' I'm out of here," Jones said.
* PANTHERS: Kris Jenkins, sidelined with season-ending shoulder surgery since October, tried to attend his first game as a fan last week. But he underestimated the traffic and wasn't really sure what he was supposed to do once he arrived.
It led to a comedy of errors that nearly kept the all-pro defensive tackle out of the stadium. After navigating traffic, he pulled up to the players' entrance, where a police officer and security guard stood in front of a barricade.
He learned quickly that 'Excuse me, sir, I play for the Panthers,' was not going to work.
The police officer eventually recognized him and let Jenkins into the lot.