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WINTER PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — Week four of the Vikings pre-season is secondary news compared to who will be ready to play on opening day of the regular season.

Tennessee visits at 7 p.m. Thursday to wrap the exhibition games.

But the three most important questions at the moment: The status of Kevin Williams’ injury, who replaces Jerome Felton, and how are the star rookies developing?

Start with the cheap shot on Williams. If nothing else it’s angered the team and galvanized its commitment.

The Vikings hope to have him back to open the regular season.

“If the role’s reversed and defensive guy’s going into a quarterback or a receiver, you tell me what’s going to happen,” linebacker Chad Greenway said. “We’ve seen the fines in this league. You need to be consistent.”

Fullback Felton will be out for three games after violating league rules. Does that mean Rhett Ellison steps up in his second year?

“He has not let up from his rookie season,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “He is still an extremely hard worker and understands his role.”

As for the rookies, maybe the most interesting is Xavier Rhodes. He has a chance to play a lot at cornerback.

He’ll admit he’s not yet comfortable, but is leaning on learning from listening to the veterans.

“They let me know where I need to be at with different schemes each week, and they help me out a lot,” he said.

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