Injury breaks up reception streak at 101 games

Updated: October 24, 2004, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss extended his consecutive games streak to 102 with a token start for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but his strained right hamstring limited him to two snaps -- and no catches -- in a 20-3 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Moss didn't return to the field after halftime, and the Vikings announced in the third quarter that he had aggravated the injury and wouldn't play the rest of the game. Coach Mike Tice said Moss spent the second half watching on TV while getting treatment.

"It was never un-aggravated," Tice said.

That ended the All-Pro receiver's streak of 101 straight games with a reception -- spanning his entire career. Moss' streak of 10 straight games with a touchdown catch also was stopped.

"He's in uncharted territory for him, so that's tough," Tice said. "You have to feel for a guy. I know he wants to be a part of it."

Moss, who leads the NFL with eight touchdown receptions, didn't practice all week. Since the Vikings drafted him in 1998, he has never missed a preseason, regular-season or postseason game.

"Definitely, he's disappointed," said teammate Marcus Robinson. "He's been playing for 101 straight games, and not to be out there on Sunday -- he doesn't know what that feels like. ... Definitely I know he'll be out there next week. You better believe me."

Moss was hurt in the second quarter of last week's game at New Orleans when he tripped and fell after getting tangled up with Saints safety Jay Bellamy on a pass that was intercepted in the end zone. Moss sat out the second half of that game, cheering Minnesota's 38-31 victory from the sideline.

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