Moss acquisition a 'poor decision'

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress addressed the media Wednesday and said the acquisition...

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress addressed the media Wednesday and said the acquisition of Randy Moss was a "poor decision." (REUTERS)

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress addressed the media Wednesday and said the acquisition of Randy Moss was a "poor decision."

The Vikings officially placed Moss on waivers Tuesday after the controversial wide receiver spent just under a month with the club. He was acquired in a trade with New England on October 6 and played four games with the Vikings.

"It didn't work out," Childress said in his first public comments since Monday when Moss' status with the club was first revealed. "I'm not going to get into any particulars. You hope all your personnel decisions work out for the best. Some work out, some don't. This didn't work out. Nobody's more disappointed than I am, but it didn't work out."

Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two scores in his brief second stint with the Vikings. He had just one catch for eight yards in his final game with the team last Sunday against his old club, the Patriots.

After Sunday's game, Moss remained in Massachusetts and many speculated that Childress told the receiver not to travel with the team back to Minneapolis. However, Childress said Wednesday that Moss had previously asked for, and was granted, permission to stay to see family members.

Childress said he began thinking about releasing Moss after the Patriots game and made the decision on Monday.

"It's a decision you don't take lightly, but it's a decision I had to make and it's over," Childress remarked. "I wish it would've worked out. When things don't work out you need to move quickly. It was a poor decision."

Childress also said Wednesday that receiver Sidney Rice would be activated off the physically unable to perform list and will start taking reps with the scout team.

Rice underwent hip surgery in August and the team now has three weeks to make a determination on his roster status for the remainder of the season.

"He's done everything he can do from a rehab standpoint," Childress said of Rice. "He'll take some turns today, on the scout team today, and we'll see how he is tomorrow."

Rice had a breakout season catching passes from Brett Favre last year and earned Pro Bowl honors for hauling in 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.


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