Asher Allen, Husain Abdullah start

Updated: September 9, 2010, 8:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Husain Abdullah started at strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in place of Tyrell Johnson and Asher Allen started at right cornerback instead of Lito Sheppard.

Quarterback Joe Webb, cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook, running back Toby Gerhart, guard Chris DeGeare, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, tight end Mickey Shuler and defensive end Everson Griffen were all inactive for Minnesota in the opener against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

The Saints inactives were running back Chris Ivory, safety Chris Reis, linebackers Stanley Arnoux and Danny Clark, tackle Zach Streif, tight end Jimmy Graham, wide receiver Adrian Arrington and defensive end Junior Galette.

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