EDEN PRAIRIE -- Penalties continue to plague the Minnesota Vikings.
They had 10 on Sunday against Atlanta for 95 yards, and their season total rose to 109 fouls for 871 yards.
"I've obviously tried as many different things as you can come up with," said coach Mike Tice. "You can't fine a guy for having a penalty.
Speaking of penalties, none hurt the Vikings more than the illegal formation foul that erased the Randy Moss-to-Daunte Culpepper touchdown pass with 27 seconds left in regulation that would've given the Vikings the victory over Atlanta.
Owner Red McCombs was upset by the situation, and Tice -- though still frustrated himself -- tried to put the issue to rest on Monday.
"We did in fact speak briefly to the league office," Tice said. "I believe there was a misunderstanding of -- because we have used unbalanced (formations) in the past -- what number was going to be on the left side. I guess there were assumptions made that weren't correct, and so it didn't turn out well for us."
To recap, Moss was off the line but went in motion -- an illegal move because it left tackle Bryant McKinnie (who wears an ineligible No. 74) as the widest man on the line. If McKinnie would've reported as an eligible receiver, it would've been legal.
Tice showed officials a diagram of the play in their pregame meeting Sunday, and it was approved. The problem was that officials assumed the widest man on the line was a tight end instead of a tackle. The diagram didn't show numbers.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wanted to use the play against New England the week before, but Tice told him to hold off until he talked with the league.
"It works, but it didn't count," Linehan said. "So, no good. Gotta move on."
INJURY UPDATE: The Vikings are faced with another depth problem at receiver this week, because D'Wayne Bates has a sprained ligament (medial collateral) in his left knee and will be questionable for Sunday night against Green Bay.
Kelly Campbell has a sprained foot, but he'll be probable for the Packers game. Cedric James is expected back after missing the last three weeks with a sprained ankle.
Backup linebacker Jim Nelson hyperextended his right knee and will be listed as questionable.
Right guard David Dixon, who sat out Sunday with a sore hip flexor, will be listed as probable.
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, dogged by a stomach virus in Sunday's game, should be fine this week. Same for running back Michael Bennett, who played with a sprained ankle.
NEW STADIIUM SITE?: Am Anoka County township has answered Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs' challenge for a suburb to step forward with potential sites for a new team home.
Columbus Township proposed an 800-acre site at the junction of Interstate Highways 35E and 35W about 20 miles north of the Metrodome for a new Vikings stadium.
On Monday, Columbus Township Manager Elizabeth Mursko said the undeveloped land runs in a three-mile strip on the eastern edge of Anoka County southwest of Forest Lake.
She said 75 private landowners control portions of the property.
"But as opportunities go, there is plenty of land, good highway access and it's convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul," Mursko said.
McCombs said no formal talks between the team and the township are under way, but that the prospect of an 800-acre site amused him even if "it was half in corn.
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