MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Minnesota Vikings starting running back Chester Taylor injured his hip on a screen pass in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Atlanta.
On first-and-15 from the Atlanta 45, Taylor slipped out of the backfield and headed toward the flat as Tarvaris Jackson lofted a pass in Taylor's direction.
But as Taylor reached up, he immediately pulled his arm down and crumpled to the turf as the pass fell incomplete. Taylor lay on the turf for several moments before walking off.
He grimaced in pain on the trainer's table while being examined by team doctors before heading to the locker room with a team official.
Taylor is half of what the Vikings hope will be one of the best rushing tandems in the league. In his first year as a starter, Taylor rushed for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns in 2006.
But he started to wear down toward the end of a workhorse season, so the Vikings selected Adrian Peterson with the seventh overall pick in April's draft.
Taylor started and rushed for 18 yards on three carries. Peterson had four carries for 29 yards in the first quarter.
The injury left the Vikings thin at running back after coach Brad Childress decided deactivate Mewelde Moore. Peterson was the only remaining tailback in uniform.

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