EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss, off to the slowest start in his career, has been bothered by an ankle injury and his status for this week's game against Green Bay is questionable.
Vikings coach Dennis Green said Moss slightly aggravated the ankle Sunday against Detroit.
"He's been dealing with it most of the year," Green said. "I think it just gets a little bit worse at times. He did not play as many plays as he normally plays, and he did not play as well as he normally plays, either."
Trainer Chuck Barta described the injury as an inflammation. It likely stems from a sprain Moss suffered shortly before minicamp his rookie year.
"It's going to come and go for him," Barta said. "It's just intermittent."
Barta said Moss didn't mention anything about the ankle until after the game Sunday.
"It was not a game issue at all," he said. "It stiffened up overnight."
Moss, who signed an eight-year contract extension worth $93 million this summer, has just 21 catches for 321 yards and one touchdown in Minnesota's first five games. He dropped a touchdown pass and let the Lions' Todd Lyght wrestle an interception away from him on Sunday.
"It's clear that he doesn't have his full speed, his full range of motion," Green said. "I think that Randy Moss doesn't normally drop passes. One thing you can always tell, if a guy is hurt, his concentration level is not there. It's very difficult to play at your best if you are not 100 percent health-wise."
Moss, in his fourth season, has not missed a game in his career. He totaled 226 catches, 4,163 yards and 43 touchdowns in his first three years -- all NFL records.
Notes: Rookie running back Michael Bennett, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and without a touchdown, sprained his ankle against the Lions. "I don't think it's real serious but indeed it could be anywhere to one to two to three weeks," Green said. "Ankle injuries are very difficult to be able to predict." In Bennett's absence, second-year player Doug Chapman will become the starter and Travis Prentice will also carry the ball more. ... The Vikings released defensive back Keith Thibodeaux Monday and signed offensive lineman Calvin Collins. Collins, who was cut in training camp by Atlanta, started 53 of 61 career games with the Falcons the last four seasons as a center and guard. He provides depth for Minnesota's offensive line, which was without starting left guard Corbin Lacina on Sunday. Lacina has a sprained ankle and likely won't play this week against the Packers.
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