EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Patriots traded seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings on Wednesday, sending him back to the team for which he first became a star.
"He can still go downtown and get the football," said Vikings coach Brad Childress, who added Moss will play Monday against the Jets. "He could sprain his toe here … and you could say that he's 33, it's old age. But there's always risk-reward. I don't necessarily see this as boom or bust. I think he's got some more football in him."
Compensation was not disclosed. But the Associated Press reported Minnesota also got a 2012 seventh-round pick and gave up a 2011 third-round pick.
Moss has nine catches (none in Monday's win over Miami) for 139 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to join the Vikings today, practice and talk to the media afterward.
He is in the final season of a three-year, $27 million deal and has said several times he expected 2010 to be his last season with the Patriots.
"In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions. But it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team in both the short term and long term," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss, and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career."
Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said the Vikings have not contacted him about a long-term deal.
Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns in seven seasons with Minnesota. Tired of his behavior and wary of a hamstring injury that hampered him in 2004, the Vikings traded him to Oakland in 2005. He wore out his welcome there, too, and was sent to New England in 2007.
Childress said Moss has a clean slate.
"I'm just satisfied to judge him not backward, but judge him going forward and what he does with us here," he said.
The Vikings hope Moss can be a downfield threat. Sidney Rice has not played this season due to August's hip surgery.
"This is an exciting move. I think everybody feels that in the locker room," quarterback Brett Favre said on the team's website. "It's rare you get to play with a future Hall of Famer and get to appreciate their talents up close. Randy Moss is a great player, and his career speaks for itself."
Cards go to rookie QB: Max Hall, undrafted in April, will start at quarterback for the Cardinals on Sunday. Derek Anderson beat out the since-released Matt Leinart in camp. He has three touchdowns and five interceptions. And his rating of 59.5 is 30th in the league and his 644 yards 23rd. Sunday, Anderson threw two first-half interceptions. Hall, a star at BYU, replaced him and went 8-of-14 for 82 yards without an interception but was sacked six times.
Portis out: Redskins running back Clinton Portis will miss 4-6 weeks with a third-degree separation of the left groin. He was hurt Sunday. Ryan Torain, promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago, takes over.
More Redskins: The agent for punter Hunter Smith said his client will sign today. Smith, the Redskins' punter last season, replaces Josh Bidwell, who still is bothered by a hip injury.
Bears: Quarterback Jay Cutler, who sustained a concussion Sunday, practiced on a limited basis. But his status remains undetermined.
Bills: Starting linebacker Andra Davis, who sat out Sunday with a shoulder injury, practiced and hopes to play against Jacksonville.
Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme will test his right ankle, which he sprained during the opener, during practice this week and start Sunday if it responds well. Also, safety T.J. Ward was fined $15,000 by the league for Sunday's hard hit on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley after an incompletion, the Associated Press reported.
Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who injured his right shoulder in the opener, isn't ready to return. So Shaun Hill will start Sunday.
Packers: Already without Morgan Burnett because of a torn ACL, Green Bay's other starting safety, Nick Collins, missed practice with a nagging knee injury. His status has not been determined. And starting linebacker Nick Barnett is expected to sit out Sunday with a wrist injury.
Raiders: The team disclosed two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson has a stress fracture in his right foot and could miss another month. Henderson already has missed two games for what the team called only a foot injury.
Saints: Starting cornerback Tracy Porter had arthroscopic surgery for a torn left meniscus and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. He was hurt Sunday while chasing Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Ratings: More than 150 million people have watched at least part of a game, the highest number for the first four weeks of any season. Games are averaging 18.9 million viewers, up 9 percent from this time last year.